Player News - Devils

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Taylor Hall said he felt "slighted" by the trade that sent him from Edmonton to New jersey.

"I expressed my disappointment in what had happened," Hall said when asked about his conversation with Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli. "I don't want to sound like I'm not excited to join New Jersey because that's not the case. I'm a proud person and I do take this as an indictment of me as a hockey player. I don't think there's any other way to treat. It's safe to say that I'm a very motivated hockey player now." Hall was a teammate of Adam Henrique in junior hockey, so the duo will probably be reunited in New Jersey.
Jun 29 - 6:43 PM

Taylor Hall has been traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson.

Hall recorded 26 goals and 65 points in 82 games last season with Edmonton. The first overall pick in 2010 has 328 points in 381 career contests and now he has off to the Devils to inject some much-needed offense into that group.
Jun 29 - 3:37 PM

The New Jersey Devils have named Dan MacKinnon their new senior director of player personnel.

"I would like to thank Jim Rutherford and the Pittsburgh Penguins organization in allowing Dan to join the New Jersey Devils," said GM Ray Shero via a press release. "I have had the pleasure to work with Dan early on in our careers, and I look forward to him helping shape the organization moving forward." He has been in the Pittsburgh organization for the past 10 seasons and he has worked as the director of player personnel for the last seven years.
Jun 28 - 10:36 AM

Jon Merrill didn't get a qualifying offer from New Jersey, but he still could sign with the team.

The Devils have had positive talks with Merrill and are confident he will agree to terms before July 1.
Jun 27 - 5:28 PM

Devante Smith-Pelly can be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but the Devils are confident they can sign him to a new deal.

He didn't get a qualifying offer from New Jersey on Monday. Smith-Pelly was great for the Devils after he was acquired from Montreal. He notched eight goals and 13 points in 18 games after he produced just six markers and 12 points in 46 appearances with the Canadiens.
Jun 27 - 5:25 PM

Beau Bennett didn't get a qualifying offer from the New Jersey Devils.

The Devils still hope to sign Bennett before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on Friday. New Jersey sent a third-round pick (No. 77 overall) to Pittsburgh to acquire him at the draft.
Jun 27 - 5:22 PM

The New Jersey Devils selected right winger Nathan Bastian with the 41st pick in the 2016 Draft.

Bastian was a linemate of the Devils first round pick Michael McLeod with Mississauga last season and the two are great friends. "It'll be good for both of us," Bastian told The Bergen Record in a phone interview. "If we don't spend enough time together already, we're going to spend even more time together now." Bastian had 19 goals and 59 points in 59 games for the Steelheads last season and will return to the squad once he gets his shot in training camp with the Devils in September.
Jun 26 - 7:37 AM

The New Jersey Devils acquired Beau Bennett from the Penguins in exchange for the 77th overal pick in the 2016 entry draft.

The Penguins selected defenseman Connor Hall with the pick. Bennett, who was a huge disappointment the last few seasons in Pittsburgh, remains an intriguing project. Devils' GM Ray Shero knows Bennett well as he was involved in drafting him while in Pittsburgh. It will be interesting to see whether New Jersey can coax more than the 12 points (in 33 games) out of Bennett this upcoming season. The Devils have had recent success in reviving the career of Kyle Palmieri.
Jun 25 - 11:24 AM

The New Jersey Devils have selected Michael McLeod with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Michael McLeod represents one of the more polarizing figures. His puck-handling, shooting, and especially speed are considered to be pro-ready, but his overall acumen and attention to defense stymie his notoriety. McLeod scored 21 goals and 61 points for Mississauga (OHL), plus four points in seven games at U-20s. The consensus belief is that if the 18-year-old's mind ever catches up with his 6'2" and 190 lbs frame, he could be a classic No. 2 centerman.
Jun 24 - 8:42 PM

Though Kyle Palmieri's contract negotiations remain in their early stages, it sounds like he anticipates the process going fairly smoothly.

The Devils are interested in signing Palmieri to a long-term contract this summer. He's eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer and possess arbitration rights, so even if the two sides can't work out a long-term deal, he's expected to still be back in 2016-17. "I think things will probably move quickly once both sides establish the parameters," Palmieri said. "The rest of it is banging out the details and getting everything right. I assume Ray is pretty busy leading up to the draft [June 24-25] and, as an RFA, there’s nothing that we really have to rush for, no dates we have to get something done by. Right now, it’s just testing it out and establishing a market and getting the right deal done." He broke out in 2015-16 with 30 goals and 57 points in 82 contests.
Jun 16 - 9:45 AM

The New Jersey Devils acquired Marc Savard's contract and a 2nd round pick in 2018 for minor leaguers Paul Thompson and Graham Black.

Savard hasn't played in the NHL since 2010-11 because of lingering concussion issues. He hasn't officially retired for contractual reasons, but his playing days are over. The move allows the Panthers to ditch Savard's $4.1 million cap hit. The Devils now have two players that can be placed on long-term injured reserve (Savard and Ryane Clowe).
Jun 10 - 9:30 PM

Patrik Elias is hoping to play with New Jersey in 2016-17.

"He desperately wants to play one more year," Elias’s agent, Allan Walsh said. "We’re not talking to other teams. If Patrik is able to play at the level he expects himself to play, if he can contribute to a team, I think New Jersey would very much love to have him back." He was limited to 16 games in 2015-16 due to knee problems though. He underwent knee surgery in May, so he'll wait to see how his knee does over the summer before both sides decide on a course of action.
Jun 8 - 10:16 PM

New Jersey didn't sign Ryan Rehill in time to keep his rights.

Instead Rehill is now eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He had 10 goals and 39 points in 63 WHL games in 2015-16. He was originally selected in the fifth round of the 2014 draft.
Jun 3 - 9:05 AM

The New Jersey Devils have lost the rights to prospect Connor Chatham.

New Jersey let the deadline to sign Chatham pass and the prospect will consequently be eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He had 17 goals and 41 points in 64 OHL contests in 2015-16. The Devils originally took Chatham in the third round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 3 - 9:03 AM

The New Jersey Devils will get the Maple Leafs' third-round pick in 2018.

That's compensation for the Maple Leafs' hiring of Lou Lamoriello. Toronto has decided to hold onto its third-round pick in 2016 and will give its third-rounder in 2017 to Detroit for the signing of Mike Babcock.
Jun 2 - 9:15 AM


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