Devils Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Sharks Acquire 2nd & 5th Round Picks from Devils for Mueller & a 5th "San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired a 2017 second (49th overall) and fourth (123rd overall) round draft selection from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Mirco Mueller and a 2017 fifth round (143rd overall) draft..." June 17

  • Ilya Kovalchuk reportedly still seeks return to NHL, and here are three likeliest suitors

    CBS Sports "Talk of a return to the NHL by ex-New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk has heated up as the expansion draft and free agency draw near. Reports out of Russia have indicated Kovalchuk might stay in the Kontinental Hockey League, but Devils general manager Ray Shero cited assurances from..." June 17

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Devils, Bolts and Leafs could make play for Vatanen

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New Jersey Devils are in a good spot, for sort of a bad reason. With the expansion draft looming, and a player like Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen potentially available via trade, the Devils might be able to swoop in. Why? Well, just consider New Jersey’s defense, where only Damon..." June 13

  • Friedman: Devils, Stars could dangle No. 1, No. 3 picks in NHL Draft

    Sportsnet "Teams rarely trade top-10 picks leading up to an NHL Draft but 2017 could be different. The New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars currently hold the top three picks, respectively, and hockey insider Elliotte Friedman believes these teams might be more inclined to consider..." June 09

  • Ilya Kovalchuk still interested in returning to the NHL

    Sportsnet "Any hopes of former New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk returning to the NHL are still alive and well, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. “There were reports this week that Ilya Kovalchuk would stay in the KHL and not come back to North America,” Friedman said during Saturday..." June 04

  • Could Devils get best return from Rangers for major trade piece?

    New York Post "There can be no more meaningful endorsement of Ilya Kovalchuk than the fact the people who knew him best as a teammate or member of their organizations before he left for the KHL four years ago are interested in acquiring the dynamic 34-year-old winger from the Devils as he prepares to return to..." June 04

  • Devils GM: Ilya Kovalchuk ‘drives the bus’ regarding NHL future

    Pro Hockey Talk "In an ideal scenario, the New Jersey Devils would be able to play the field and get the best deal possible for Ilya Kovalchuk’s rights. In reality, GM Ray Shero & Co. are vulnerable to the 34-year-old UFA forward’s whims, including whether he truly wants to return to the NHL at all. Shero told..." June 01

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • Shero hasn't ruled out keeping Kovalchuk

    TSN "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero said Monday he hasn’t closed any doors when it comes to Ilya Kovalchuk, and that includes potentially signing and keeping the Russian winger. Kovalchuk has declared his intention to return to the National Hockey League after four years in Russia, but..." May 30

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Devils' GM getting calls on 1st overall pick

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill announced that he was seriously considering trading the #3 pick in this year’s draft, much of the attention turned to who teams could potentially go after in that slot to warrant moving up. Now, in an interview with Pierre LeBrun of TSN, New Jersey Devils GM Ray..." May 29

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • 12 NHL teams will alter uniforms in 2017-18

    Sportsnet "Save up for that back-to-school shopping, hockey fans. It will soon be time to update your wardrobe. A total of 12 NHL teams are reportedly preparing alterations to their existing uniforms for the 2017-18 season, the first season under the league’s seven-year contract with new outfitter..." May 25

  • Taylor Hall: ‘Frustrating’ to play through the rebuild in Edmonton

    Sportsnet "Taylor Hall‘s former junior hockey team, the Windsor Spitfires, are on their way to the Mastercard Memorial Cup Final after a perfect 3-0 round-robin record. It’s the first time Windsor, this year’s host, is returning the the major junior championship since 2010. That season, Hall led the team to..." May 25

  • New Jersey Devils fire trail-blazing radio analyst Sherry Ross

    Awful Announcing "Sherry Ross was the first woman to serve as an analyst for a Stanley Cup Final game. She was the first woman to call play-by-play for any NHL game. And on Tuesday, she was fired by the New Jersey Devils, along with the team’s equipment manager and video coordinator. According to, the..." May 25

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15