Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald joined Sam Kasan and Amanda Stein on this week's episode of Speak of the Devils podcast following a busy offseason. In the past three weeks Fitzgerald has added three highly talented defensemen in Ryan Graves (trade), Luke Hughes (draft) and Dougie Hamilton (free agency). Graves and Hamilton will have an immediate impact on the club for the 2021-22 season, while Hughes will be a force in the future. Fitzgerald also signed free agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
"There's lots to be excited about, but there are no guarantees," Fitzgerald said. "The only thing I can guarantee is that we're going to be a better team."
Fitzgerald discussed those moves as well as delving into his experience as general manager, what he's learned, his philosophies and seeing the bigger picture.
Here are some of the highlights of the discussion:
- Selling free agents on the New Jersey Devils
- Bernier and Hamilton impacting the club's roster
- Trying to add another player
- What he's learned since taking over as GM
- Explaining the draft strategy and process
- Prospects that he's excited to see this season
- The roadmap to building a championship team
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