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BLOG: Devils Assign Boqvist and Jacobs to Binghamton

Boqvist played one game and Jacobs played two in their NHL stint

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils announced this morning that forward Jesper Boqvist and defenseman Josh Jacobs were both assigned to Binghamton (AHL). 

Both players were emergency recalls with some other players banged up but with the team now healthy, the Devils had to send both back down. 

"They were both called up as emergency and with everyone ready to go for us tonight, we're going back with the guys we had. It's paperwork. If everyone is healthy they have to go down," said Devils interim head coach Alain Nasreddine. 

After the trade deadline, teams are only allowed four non-emergency recalls from their AHL affiliate up until the point that their AHL club's season is over. The Devils have only one such recall left to make. 

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BLOG: Devils Recall Jesper Boqvist

Boqvist had five goals and eight points in 15 games for AHL Binghamton

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils announced today that Jesper Boqvist has been recalled from the Binghamton Devils of the AHL and will join the team in Anaheim where the team plays Sunday evening.

Boqvist has played 15 games for the AHL Devils and scored five goals and eight points. With the NHL Devils, he's played 34 games with four goals. 

Adding Boqvist gives the Devils 13 healthy forwards and some roster flexibility heading into the final two games of this road trip. 

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RELEASE: Devils Acquire Janne Kuokkanen, Fredrik Claesson and 4th Rd Pick

New Jersey sends defenseman Sami Vatanen to Hurricanes

by Press Release / New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils today traded defenseman Sami Vatanen to the Carolina Hurricanes, in exchange for forward Janne Kuokkanen, defenseman Fredrik Claesson and Carolina's conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. New Jersey will retain 50% of Vatanen's salary in the transaction.

Kuokkanen, 21, was Carolina's second-round selection, 43rd overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft. The 6'1, 195lb., forward was the leading scorer for the Hurricanes' American Hockey League affiliate in Charlotte with 12 goals and 30 assists for 42 points in 52 games. During the 2018-19 season, he appeared in seven games with Carolina, while appearing in 48 games with Charlotte (12 goals-26 assists-38 points) and was named to the AHL All-Star Team. He's skated in eleven career NHL games. In 160 career AHL games, Kuokkanen has 35 goals and 85 assists for 120 points in 160 games. He played one season in London (OHL) and played in Finland for Karpat. Born May 25, 1998, the native of Oulunsalo, Finland represented his country at the 2017 and 2018 World Junior Championships, while also helping win the gold medal at the 2016 World Junior under-18 tournament.

Claesson, 27, has three goals and 16 assists for 19 points in 47 games with Charlotte (AHL). He has played in 150 career regular season NHL contests, posting six goals and 20 assists for 26 points with 50 penalty minutes over the past four seasons with Ottawa and the New York Rangers. In 332 career AHL regular season games with Binghamton and Charlotte, he has 16 goals and 73 assists for 89 points with 202 penalty minutes. He played in Sweden for Djurgardens. Born November 24, 1992, the native of Stockholm, Sweden represented his country at the 2012 World Junior Championships, where he won a gold medal and the 2010 World Junior under-18 tournament, where he won a silver medal.

Vatanen has five goals and 18 assists for 23 points and 22 penalty minutes in 47 games for New Jersey. In 154 games with the Devils over the past three seasons, he scored 12 goals and 56 assists for 68 points while registering 76 penalty minutes. He was acquired by the Devils from the Anaheim Ducks on November 30, 2017. Vatanen is due to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2019-20 season.

New Jersey now has nine picks in the 2020 NHL Draft: three first-round selections (NJ, Arizona & Vancouver via Tampa Bay), three fourth-round selections (NJ, Boston & Carolina- Conditional) and the club's own selection in rounds five, six and seven. 

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RELEASE: Devils Acquire Zane McIntyre from Canucks

Club sends goaltender Louis Domingue to Vancouver

by Press Release / New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils today acquired goaltender Zane McIntyre from Vancouver in exchange for goaltender Louis Domingue. McIntyre will report to Binghamton (AHL).

McIntyre, 27, has appeared in 24 games with Utica (AHL) this season with an 11-10-2 record with a 3.16 goals-against average. The 6'2, 205lb. netminder appeared in eight NHL games with the Boston Bruins during the 2016-17 season.

Domingue, 27, played in 16 games for New Jersey this season, posting a 3-8-2 record with a 3.79 goals-against average and .882 save percentage. Domingue had been previously acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

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BLOG: Devils Players on Simmonds' Departure

Subban, Hischier, Hughes and Coach Nasreddine give their thoughts as Simmonds heads off to Buffalo

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils made a move right before practice today, moving Wayne Simmonds to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick. Following practice, several players talked about the trade having just found out themselves. 

"A real vocal guy for us. We'll miss him for sure. He's a pretty good veteran and we're a young team here. He's one of the guys that has a lot of experience," said Jack Hughes. "I wish him all the best in Buffalo."

Hughes added that the leadership he experienced in his rookie season thanks to Simmonds was hugely beneficial. 

"A word that comes up with him a lot is leadership. A likeable guy in the locker room. His game's really picked up in the last month or so. It's good to see his game start to come back. He's been playing really well as of late."

Nico Hischier sat beside him in the locker room and will feel a void without his teammate. 

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"I was able to talk to him a lot. He's a great leader here in the locker room. He's going to compete. He works so hard. In front of the net all the time. Doesn't matter what circumstance it is, he's going to compete."

P.K. Subban will miss one of his closest friends on the team.

"I've known him for a long time. He's a good guy and great teammate. He was very important in this locker room as part of the leadership group," Subban stated. "He did everything that was asked of him. He's going to do everything he can to help the Buffalo Sabres make the playoffs."

Devils interim head coach Alain Nasreddine said leadership was a word repeated often when it came to Wayne Simmonds. 

"His leadership, on and off the ice (meant a lot). He had a huge influence. It hasn't been an easy year. A guy like Simmer really helped everyone keep this whole thing together. I couldn't thank him enough," Nasreddine said. "He's an emotional guy. It didn't matter if he's a rookie or a vet. He's an honest guy and it was all about being accountable to one another and he did that really well."
 

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RELEASE: Devils Acquire Conditional Fifth-Round Pick From Buffalo

New Jersey sends Right Wing Wayne Simmonds to Sabres

by Press Release / New Jersey Devils

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today traded right wing Wayne Simmonds to the Buffalo Sabres, in exchange for Buffalo's conditional fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. New Jersey will retain 50% of Simmonds' salary in the transaction.

The conditions are as follows: if Simmonds plays in 10 regular-season games and Buffalo makes the playoffs, the selection then becomes Buffalo's 2021 fourth-round selection.

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Simmonds signed as a free agent with New Jersey on July 1, 2019. He scored eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points with 64 penalty minutes in 61 regular-season games this year. Simmonds is due to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

New Jersey now has eight picks in the 2021 NHL Draft: the club's own selections in rounds one, three, four, five and six; in addition to the New York Islanders second-round pick, Arizona's third-round selection (conditional) and Buffalo's fifth-round choice (conditional).

Video: DEVILS NOW | Simmonds Trade

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BLOG: Merkley Assigned to Binghamton (AHL)

Devils forward had a goal and an assist in four games with New Jersey

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils announced that forward Nick Merkley has been assigned to Binghamton of the AHL. 

Merkley played four games for the Devils, scoring a goal and adding an assist plus two penalty minutes. The two points were his first two career NHL points. 

He has played 21 games for Binghamton this season with seven goals and 18 points.  

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BLOG: Domingue Assigned to Binghamton

The Devils have assigned Louis Domingue to Binghamton of the American Hockey League

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott / NewJerseyDevils.com

The New Jersey Devils have announced they have activated goaltender Louis Domingue off Injured Reserve. He has also been assigned to the Binghamton Devils in the American Hockey League.

Domingue has played in six games for the Devils since being acquired via trade on Nov. 1. He has a 4.15 goals-against average and .862 save percentage in those outings. He was injured Dec. 13 in Colorado and left the game after stopping 15 of 17 shots.

Earlier this season, Domingue played in four games for Binghamton. He recorded a 2.25 GAA and a .918 save percentage. 

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BLOG: Cormier Recalled; Domingue Placed on IR

Cormier has yet to appear in an NHL game in his career

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils announced today that goaltender Evan Cormier would be recalled from Adirondack of the ECHL. Cormier has played in six games for the Thunder this season, with a 2-1-3 record, 2.71 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He's also played seven games with Binghamton (AHL) with a 1-5-1 record, 3.77 goals-against average and .884 save percentage.

Louis Domingue has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a lower body injury midway through Friday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

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BLOG: Hischier Activated off IR; White Re-Assigned to Binghamton

Devils center returns to the lineup tonight

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils announced today that Nico Hischier has been activated off injured reserve. 

In order to make room on the 23-man roster, the club re-assigned blueliner Colton White to Binghamton of the AHL. 

The 20-year-old Hischier has five goals and 16 points in 25 games this season. 

White didn't get into any games during his recall but did play three last season for the Devils. 

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