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Ten Takeaways: Where to Begin?

A lot has happened, just two games into the Devils regular season

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

Seriously, where to begin? The first week of the season, which opened with two games against Boston at Prudential Center, has prized this reporter with more storylines than there was time to report them. So, I try here to break down what was an eventful first week for the NEw Jersey Devils. 

Here are your 10 Takeaways:

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PODCAST: A Reunion with Mike 'Doc' Emrick

Join the Speak of the Devils Podcast in honoring Doc, with special guests from his Hall of Fame career

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

His name has been synonymous with the New Jersey Devils. The first-ever 'voice' of the Devils, iconic calls that will last a lifetime. 

"Henrique! It's over!" You read those words, and it needs no introduction. Much like the man who called it. 

Mike 'Doc' Emrick has called his last NHL game, retiring from broadcasting at the age of 74. Like any retirement, a good party needs to be thrown, and so the New Jersey Devils tried to make that party as poignant as possible in this new virtual-meeting world.

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PROSPECT WATCH: Ty Smith Is Ready for this Moment

Ty Smith made his NHL debut, scoring his first NHL goal but it's been a journey to get here

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

When Ty Smith was drafted in 2018 as a first-round pick, Devils fans have kept a keen eye and interest in the blueliner. Whether Smith has felt it or not, there has been much anticipation to see him play at the NHL level. 

At his first Devils training camp in 2018, Smith was the final player to be cut from the roster, with the lone option to send him back to Junior. Again a year later, he was one of the final cuts. He went back to junior in the Western Hockey League once again. 

The disappointment was palpable, but those years would prove to be invaluable. 

With a chance to sit down with Devils General Manager Tom Fitzgerald, on the eve of the 2020-21 season, I asked him bluntly: 'What makes Ty ready now?'

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10 TAKEAWAYS: Last One Before The Season

Training camp has wrapped up, and we're getting ready for the season opener

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

This is it. We're finally here.

The last edition of 10 Takeaways before the Devils season begins.

In just the short week since we last met, what's old has become new again with Jesper Bratt and Sami Vatanen signing contracts, and I've been scoping out behind the scenes at practice, watching the additional work Jack Hughes has been putting in. 

That and more, on this week's 10 Takeaways:

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PODCAST: Behind the Scenes and Behind the Bench

This week hear from head coach Lindy Ruff and SVP of Marketing, Jillian Frechette

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

This week's edition of the Speak of the Devils Podcast, presented by RWJBarnabas Health, takes viewers both behind the scenes with Senior Vice President of Marketing Jillian Frechette, and behind the Devils bench with Lindy Ruff. 

The podcast is first joined by Frechette, who has spearheaded the Marketing and Content departments over a very different time in the world, and particularly a time where the main marketing product - the actual game and players themselves - are not on the ice. Frechette's focus has been to make sure fans continue to feel part of the team during such a unique time. 

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BLOG: Devils Trim Training Camp Roster

Devils camp trimmed by 11 players, five on waivers

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

With deadlines looming for management, and an NHL season just a matter of days away, general manager Tom Fitzgerald and his staff began trimming the roster.

The team announced two types of transactions, with forwards Nick Merkley, Ben Street, and Brandon Gignac, and defensemen Colton White and Josh Jacobs being placed on waivers. 

While forwards Nate Schnarr and Brett Seney; defensemen: Kevin Bahl, Nikita Okhotiuk and Reilly Walsh, and goaltender Evan Cormier have all been assigned to Binghamton. 

Although assigned to Binghamton, the players won't go very far. This season the Binghamton group will be playing out of RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House and will be housed in the NHL Devils' old game-day locker room. 

Players can be claimed off of waivers until noon on Tuesday. 

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FEATURE: Mark Dennehy Prepares for Season in New Jersey

The Binghamton head coach is preparing for a season relocated to New Jersey

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

When the Binghamton Devils season was cut short and canceled last season because of the pandemic, the AHL franchise was on a roll. As a team, and as individuals they were playing some of their very best hockey under head coach Mark Dennehy. 

Little was everyone aware, they wouldn't return to Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, home to the AHL Devils, for what looks like over a year. 

For the 2021 AHL season, Dennehy and his team will play out of New Jersey, relocating for a single year to accommodate necessary provisions around the pandemic. The team will play out of RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House, the NHL teams' practice rink. Where the franchise is extra fortunate is the rink they will play out of is part of the Prudential Center complex, putting both the NHL and AHL team under one roof. But their home in Binghamton isn't far from their minds. 

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10 TAKEAWAYS: Kicking Off A Unique Season

10 Takeaways is back every Tuesday for the 2020-21 NHL season

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

Well, now it feels like the new season is finally here! 

I'm back bringing you your Ten Takeaways from the past week and I'm so excited to get it going. Every Tuesday I'll give you a rundown of important notes, observations, and even sometimes a snippet into a behind-the-scene moment from the 2020-21 New Jersey Devils hockey season. 

This week was an introduction to the new NHL season, new Devils players, and just plain excitement to finally all be back together preparing for a new, unique season. 

I look forward to bringing these to you all season long, so without further ado, here are my 10 Takeaways from the last week:

 

 

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WORLD JUNIORS: Canada and the United States are Going for Gold

Mercer and Moynihan to meet in gold medal showdown

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

The showdown is set. 

It will be Canada versus the United States in the gold medal game at the 2021 World Junior Championship. 

Both teams securing their tickets after semi-final wins on Monday. 

Canada was the first team to punch their ticket, after a remarkable 5-0 win over Russia, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the opening 15:05 minutes. 

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BLOG: Binghamton Devils to Play In New Jersey For Next Season

The AHL team will relocate to Newark, NJ for the upcoming season

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

Newark, New Jersey will be home to two professional hockey teams this upcoming 2020-21 season. On Monday, the American Hockey League announced their plan to start up the AHL season with realignment when the season opens on February 5th. The Binghamton Devils are one of four teams that have been granted temporary relocation and will be housed in the same building as their NHL team affiliate. 

The Devils will play in a new 'North Division' along with the Hershey Bears (WAS), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (PHI), Rochester Americans (BUF), Syracuse Crunch (TBL), Utica Comets (VAN), and Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (PIT). 

Binghamton, lead by head coach Mark Dennehy had a 34-24-4 record in 62 games and a seven-game win streak before the 2019-20 season was shut down.

Jake Reynolds, President, New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center, provided the following statement:

"Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the AHL schedule and the subsequent limits it imposed, we worked with Binghamton's business operations to evaluate multiple scenarios, options and financial evaluations for the 2020-21 season. Based on that information, we agree that it is to the benefit of all parties to relocate our AHL Hockey Operations to our NHL home facility for this year. This decision was made in the best business interests of Binghamton, while allowing the organization to continue to develop its prospects. Being based out of New Jersey also allows a consistency with testing, monitoring and training to be in-line with our protocols on the NHL level. All of these factors influenced the move to minimize concerns and allow the organization to have a team this year."

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