Devils Rumors & News

  • Devils announce Boyle has chronic thyroid leukemia

    TSN "The New Jersey Devils announced Tuesday centre Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic thyroid leukemia. Chronic tyroid leukemia is a type of cancer of the bone marrow that is treatable with medication. Boyle said on a conference call Tuesday he feels as close to normal as he can feel and..." September 19

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Hall expected to do more in second season with Devils "Left wing Taylor Hall knows he has to do more in his second season with the New Jersey Devils. "I expect more and he knows that," general manager Ray Shero said during the first day of training camp Thursday. "We met at the end of the year for a long time and wanted him to understand what it..." September 17

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Severson signs six-year contract with Devils "Defenseman Damon Severson signed a six-year, $25 million contract with the New Jersey Devils on Monday. The contract has an average annual value of $4,2 million. "We are happy to have Damon under contract through the 2022-23 season," Devils general manager Ray Shero said. "Damon brings an..." September 11

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • After being traded this summer, Marcus Johansson making transition from Caps to Devils

    Washington Post "As though the clock on the Washington Capitals’ offseason had been turned back, forward Marcus Johansson stepped onto the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Monday morning wearing a Washington practice jersey, as he had so many times during his seven-year career here. The only change: Johansson’s new..." September 02

  • Roger Federer's advice for Devils' No. 1 pick Nico Hischier

    Newark Star-Ledger "Nico Hischier, the Devils' No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, garnered high praise from another legendary athlete from Switzerland. Tennis great Roger Federer was asked about Hischier following his second-round match on Thursday at the U.S. Open, and while Federer praised Hischier, the 19-time..." September 01

  • Will Butcher chose Devils after 'hitting it off' with coach

    Sporting News "For Will Butcher it came down to relationships and feeling comfortable when he decided to sign with the Devils as college hockey's most sought-after free agent this summer. Though it was exciting to be on a "rock star tour" for nearly two weeks after becoming a free agent Aug. 15, it wasn't..." August 29

  • Devils sign Will Butcher: How have past Hobey Baker winners fared in NHL?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Devils landed the most coveted college free agent on the market when they signed defenseman Will Butcher on Sunday. The Denver graduate won the Hobey Baker award as college hockey's tip player while leading his team to the NCAA title during his senior season in 2016-17. Now that the Devils..." August 28

  • Devils sign RW Drew Stafford

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Devils signed right wing Drew Stafford to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800K on Friday. The 31-year-old Stafford is an 11-year NHL veteran who has played for the Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets and Boston Bruins. Stafford was the 13th overall pick of the 2004 Draft by the Sabres, and he..." August 25

  • Devils' Keith Kinkaid offers bold prediction for fellow goalie Cory Schneider

    Newark Star-Ledger "Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid foresees a big rebound from teammate and fellow net minder, Cory Schneider. Kinkaid fully expects Schneider to regain his usual dominant form in 2017-18. "There's nothing he's doing wrong, it's just kind of the way a few games go," Kinkaid said. "There's no..." August 23

  • Ex-Bruin Jimmy Hayes joining Devils on PTO

    HockeyBuzz "Dorchester native and Bruins bust Jimmy Hayes will get a chance to prove he’s still an NHL player this fall, as he has been invited to Devils training camp on a professional tryout, a league source has told the Providence Journal’s Mark Divver. Hayes’ second chance comes on the heels of what..." August 23

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • Devils’ Travis Zajac out 4 to 6 months after pectoral surgery

    Sportsnet "New Jersey Devils forward Travis Zajac will miss four to six months after having surgery for a torn left pectoral muscle, the team announced on Thursday. Zajac, 32, suffered the injury during off-season training last week. Zajac is one of the longest serving Devils, joining the team in 2006..." August 17

  • Report: Devils, Sabres, Vegas in on Hobey Baker winner Butcher

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Will Butcher sweepstakes began today, and there are already a few interested suitors lined up. Per the Denver Post, Butcher — the Denver University product that captured this year’s Hobey Baker — has officially balked on signing with the team that drafted him, the Colorado Avalanche, and..." August 15

  • Devils announce date to retire Patrik Elias' No. 26

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Devils will retire Patrik Elias' No. 26 in a pregame ceremony on Feb. 24, 2018, prior to a game against the New York Islanders. Elias retired from the Devils in March when he decided to end his comeback attempt last season. Elias was recovering from offseason knee surgery and did not..." August 02

  • What Devils coaches expect from Blake Speers in 2017-18

    Newark Star-Ledger "Devils coaches were surprised when forward prospect Blake Speers entered training camp last fall and made the NHL roster to start the season, but now they expect more of the same. Coach John Hynes got another look at Speers earlier in July at the team's Development Camp, and he saw the same..." July 29

  • Would defenseman Will Butcher make sense for the Devils?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Defenseman Will Butcher, the reigning Hobey Baker trophy winner for college hockey's top player, will become a free agent on Aug. 15 after his agent said he will not sign with the Colorado Avalanche before that date. The Avalanche drafted Butcher in 2013, and the fifth-round pick played four..." July 27

  • Hall, Devils to lighten Hischier's load in first NHL season "New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall is no stranger to the expectations that come with being the No. 1 pick of the NHL Draft, and plans to do his best to help center and Devils teammate Nico Hischier navigate what awaits him this season. When Hall was selected the first pick of the 2010 NHL..." July 21

  • Ilya Kovalchuk says next KHL season will be his last

    Sportsnet "Ilya Kovalchuk’s return to the NHL may not have worked for the 2017-18 season, but he’s determined for that to change in a year’s time. Speaking to Russia-24 TV channel, and translated by Sport-Express hockey writer Igor Eronko, Kovalchuk said the upcoming season will be his last in the KHL..." July 21

  • Devils hope top draft pick Hischier can fill role as playmaker "Despite missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a fifth consectuive season in 2016-17, the New Jersey Devils generated a lot of excitement and optimism by winning the NHL Draft Lottery on April 29 and choosing center Nico Hischier with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft on June 23. The selection..." July 20

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Michael McLeod will do ‘whatever I can’ to stick with Devils next season

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New Jersey Devils aren’t known for having one of the most talented rosters in the NHL, but that could change over the next few years. The last few drafts have been kind to the Devils, as they’ve loaded up on weapons like Pavel Zacha, Nico Hischier and Michael McLeod. All three players are..." July 19

  • How Devils goalie MacKenzie Blackwood got thrown into the deep end in 1st pro season

    Newark Star-Ledger "Devils prospect MacKenzie Blackwood was standing in net for the Albany Devils during the AHL playoffs in April. Seven months earlier, he never imagined he would end up there so soon. Blackwood entered his first season as a pro in 2016-17 aiming to make the transition to the AHL while..." July 15

  • Devils Sign Nico Hischier To a Maximum Three-Year Entry-Level Contract "The New Jersey Devils today signed the first-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Nico Hischier, to the maximum three-year, entry-level contract for salary ($925,000 AAV) and performance bonuses. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero. Hischier..." July 15

  • Hischier impresses Devils at development camp "Center Nico Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils, has already impressed general manager Ray Shero. Hischier, 18, took part in a scrimmage in front of Devils season ticket holders on Saturday, the final day of development camp at the Barnabas Health Hockey..." July 15

  • Shero remains hopeful, but admits signing Kerfoot is beyond his control

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Kerfoot is just over a month away from potentially hitting unrestricted free agency. But New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero still seems hopeful they can get a deal done with the 22-year-old center before that day comes. After completing his senior year at Harvard, with 16 goals..." July 10

  • Oilers sign Yohann Auvitu to 1-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "Former New Jersey Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu will go on to spend just one season outside the “Big Apple” while becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason. As a result, the Edmonton Oilers have since announced that the Western Conference franchise has officially signed Auvitu to a..." July 10

  • Ilya Kovalchuk: Playing for Russia in Games factored into call to return to KHL

    ESPN "Ilya Kovalchuk signed a one-year contract to remain with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League on Sunday and said representing Russia in the Olympic Games was a key factor in his decision. If Kovalchuk had returned to the NHL for the 2017-18 season, he wouldn't have been able to..." July 10

  • New Jersey Devils didn't get a single trade offer for Ilya Kovalchuk

    CBS Sports "It could not have been too surprising when Ilya Kovalchuk opted to return to the Kontinental Hockey League for the 2017-18 season. The former Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils forward was apparently hungry for a return to the NHL, where he once landed a $100 million deal as one of the..." July 10

  • Ilya Kovalchuk signs one-year deal to remain in KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ilya Kovalchuk will remain in the KHL — at least for one more year. This follows reports earlier this week that the scoring forward was going to return to Russia for the upcoming season. The KHL announced Sunday that Kovalchuk will stay with St. Petersburg SKA for the 2017-18 season,..." July 09

  • Marcus Johansson embracing new challenge with Devils "Forward Marcus Johansson is ready to seize the opportunity as the hunter instead of the hunted in his first season with the New Jersey Devils. Johansson was traded to the Devils from the Washington Capitals for two 2018 NHL Draft picks on July 2 after spending the past seven seasons in..." July 07

  • Did Devils drop the ball in not trading Kovalchuk?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Amusingly enough, as great as Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils’ run of recent trades has been, reportedly failing to move Ilya Kovalchuk overshadows those successes (at least in the eyes of some fans). The way the CBA works out, Kovalchuk could be a UFA next summer, so in failing to trade..." July 05

  • Devils’ demands for Ilya Kovalchuk reportedly too high

    Larry Brown Sports "Ilya Kovalchuk was mulling a return to the NHL, but he decided to remain in the KHL for another year. According to one report, the New Jersey Devils’ demands were too high, and that led to Kovalchuk wanting to remain in Russia. Sport-Express’ Igor Eronko shared the information on Kovalchuk..." July 04

  • Devils' Shero plotting what's next this offseason

    North Jersey "The Devils are onto the “What’s next?” portion of their offseason. And what’s next certainly hinges on what’s next for Ilya Kovalchuk. It would behoove Devils general manager Ray Shero to know whether Kovalchuk is ready to return to the NHL before proceeding with further offseason moves..." July 04

  • After drafting Hischier and acquiring Johansson, ‘it’s an exciting time for the Devils,’ says Shero

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ray Shero pointed out that if the salary cap did not exist, Marcus Johansson would still likely be a member of the Washington Capitals. But a salary cap does exist in the NHL, and while the ceiling moved up to $75 million for the 2017-18 season, the Capitals were up against it following some of..." July 03

  • Capitals trade Marcus Johansson to Devils for pair of picks

    Sportsnet "The Washington Capitals have traded Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils for a pair of draft picks in 2018. Johansson has spent his entire seven-year career with the Capitals organization. The 26-year-old recorded a career-best 58 points on 24 goals and 34 assists in 2016-17. A native..." July 03

  • Ilya Kovalchuk situation will be resolved soon, Devils GM says "The New Jersey Devils expect the near-term future of forward Ilya Kovalchuk to be resolved soon, general manager Ray Shero told on Saturday. "I don't think this stretches on for real long," Shero said. "I'll have more conversations with (agent) Jay Grossman in the next day, the..." July 02

  • Mike Cammalleri To Sign One-Year Deal With Los Angeles Kings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, the Los Angeles Kings are about to bring Mike Cammalleri home on a one-year contract. Cammalleri was of course drafted by the Kings back in 2001 and played several outstanding seasons for them before spending the last decade elsewhere. " July 01

  • Brian Boyle To Sign With New Jersey Devils

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the New Jersey Devils will likely sign Brian Boyle, and that it will be a two-year contract. Pierre LeBrun of TSN adds that the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boyle’s former team, did not make an offer. " July 01

  • Kovalchuk decision won't come until at least Monday

    TSN "Ilya Kovalchuk news will likely have to wait at least a couple days. According to a report from KHL reporter Slava Malamud, Kovalchuk's agent said the Russian star will not make any decisions until at least Monday. Kovalchuk, 34, hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2012-13 lockout-shortened..." July 01

  • Devils could be favorites to land Shattenkirk

    Pro Hockey Talk "They have the cap space, and they have the need. The day before July 1, the New Jersey Devils might be the favorites to sign defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. When the market officially opens tomorrow, Shattenkirk, 28, will be the consensus best player available. All year long, most observers..." June 30

  • Several Buyouts Before Deadline

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The deadline to buy out players is today, and several teams have taken advantage of the option before free agency starts. The following players have been placed on waivers for the purposes of a buyout: Mike Cammalleri (NJD), Devante Smith-Pelly (NJD), Mark Stuart (WIN), Lance Bouma (CGY), Ryan..." June 30

  • Keith Kinkaid Signs Two-Year Deal With New Jersey

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New Jersey Devils are bringing back their backup goaltender. Keith Kinkaid as agreed to a two-year deal that will take him off the market just a few days before hitting free agency. Kinkaid fell just outside our Top 50 Free Agent list, but would have definitely had interest around the league..." June 29

  • 3 players the Devils may target in free agency

    North Jersey "The rebuilding Devils, after five seasons out of the playoffs, certainly have plenty of spots to improve on their roster. Here are three potential free agent targets: 1. D Kevin Shattenkirk (Capitals) Originally from New Rochelle, N.Y., the 28-year-old Shattenkirk is the top defenseman..." June 29

  • Devils will give top pick Hischier a chance to make team right away

    Pro Hockey Talk "There’s at least some question regarding whether Nico Hischier is ready to jump straight from being the top pick of the 2017 NHL Draft to becoming an immediate part of the New Jersey Devils’ roster. If he went back to junior, it would break a lengthy trend of No. 1 choices going to the big time..." June 26

  • Nico Hischier selected by Devils with top pick of 2017 Draft "Nico Hischier was selected No. 1 by the New Jersey Devils in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center on Friday. Hischier, who completed his first season in North America with Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is the highest drafted Switzerland-born player in NHL..." June 23

  • Devils GM Ray Shero can't let this nightmare scenario unfold with the No. 1 pick

    Newark Star-Ledger "Ray Shero is a hockey lifer, but he is a big enough sports fan to know the history of the other professional leagues, too. And, when it comes draft day in all of them, the Devils general manager understands that the guy holding the No. 1 pick doesn't always come out looking like a..." June 20