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September 21, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Mike Hoffman, Power Play Specialist
Panthers Forward Mike Hoffman is an expiring UFA this summer (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Introduction In 2019-20, the New Jersey Devils were flat out bad. The team held a record of 29 wins, 30 losses, and 12 overtime and shootout losses. Even despite the post-all-star game success...
September 18, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Craig Smith, Vastly Underrated Depth Forward
Forward Craig Smith has spent all nine-years of his career in Nashville. (Photo via NHLPA) Introduction Our free agent profile series has largely focused on defensemen, as that is not only the biggest need for the New Jersey Devils but also the strength of the pending free agent class...
September 15, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Tyson Barrie, Two-Way, Scoring Defenseman
Tyson Barrie is set to become an unrestricted free agent. (Photo via JOHN E. SOKOLOWSKI-USA TODAY SPORTS) The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a bizarre situation. The team seems good, but never good enough to win it all for a fan base that has been impatiently waiting since the late 1960s for another...
September 9, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Braden Holtby, Overrated Washington Capitals’ Goaltender
Braden Holtby won the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in 2018. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Introduction There’s a saying in hockey, goalies are weird. One season they will be at a Vezina Trophy caliber level, stopping almost every shot that comes their way. And the next...
September 8, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Sami Vatanen, Reunion on the Horizon?
Sami Vatanen is a soon-to-be unrestricted free agent and a hot commodity. (Photo via Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images) Surprise surprise, we are covering another defenseman in our 2020 Free Agent Profile series. Today, we analyze former New Jersey Devil, Sami Vatanen. Though Vatanen is...
September 4, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Radko Gudas, “Tough-Guy” Defenseman
Defenseman Radko Gudas most recently played a season for the Washington Capitals. (Photo via AP Photo/Nick Wass) Introduction The early theme of our free agent profile series here at Devils Army Blog is defensemen. This is for a good reason, as it’s an area where the New Jersey Devils...
September 3, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Alex Galchenyuk, Possession-Driving Forward
Alex Galchenyuk is set to become a UFA this fall for the first time in his career. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images) Introduction The New Jersey Devils have three main needs that they could potentially address through free agency. These being a top-six winger, a left-handed...
September 2, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Robin Lehner, Underrated Vegas Netminder
Robin Lehner currently plays for the Las Vegas Golden Knights. (Photo via YahooSport.Com) Introduction Up until a few years ago, Robin Lehner was not thought about much. He was nothing more than a young starting goaltender who did not seem to reach his full potential. Then again, he did end...
September 1, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Justin Schultz, Veteran Right-Handed Defenseman
Introduction Justin Schultz is a 30-year-old free agent defenseman coming off of the last year of his contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Drafted in the second-round of the 2008 entry draft, Schultz has been in the NHL for nine years. He played nearly four seasons for the Edmonton Oilers...
August 31, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Alex Pietrangelo, Elite Right-Handed Defenseman
Alex Pietrangelo hoists the Stanley Cup high after the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup in 2019. (Photo via Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Introduction Alex Pietrangelo is the name at the top of a very deep free agent pool for defensemen this upcoming off-season. While he is best known for...
August 29, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Mikael Granlund, Two-Way Finnish Forward
Mikael Granlund is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the playoffs end. (Photo via Predlines.com) Introduction The New Jersey Devils were left with a gaping hole on the left side of the team’s top line. This after Taylor Hall was dealt before the 2020 NHL Trade...
Free Agent Profile: Mikael Granlund, Two-Way Swedish Forward
Mikael Granlund is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the playoffs end. (Photo via Predlines.com) Introduction The New Jersey Devils were left with a gaping hole on the left side of the team’s top line. This after Taylor Hall was dealt before the 2020 NHL Trade...
August 27, 2020
Free Agent Profile: T.J. Brodie
T.J. Brodie is an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. (Photo via NHL.com) Introduction If we learned anything from the disappointing 2019-20 New Jersey Devils’ season it is that the defense is an area where the team must improve. Although the Devils have more defensive...
August 25, 2020
Free Agent Profile: Evgenii Dadonov
Evgenii Dadonov is one of multiple Florida Panthers set to become free agents. (Photo via Local 10 News – Florida) Introduction Although at a different time, free agency is fast approaching. As was explained in my Devils’ offseason guide, expect a plethora of free agency profiles of...
August 21, 2020
The Ultimate Guide For The New Jersey Devils’ Impending, Vital Offseason
Tom Fitzgerald was promoted to the position of general manager. (Photo via NHL.com) Introduction The New Jersey Devils have the biggest offseason in franchise history ahead of them. With the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, things will be even more interesting given the salary cap will...
August 20, 2020
Will Martin Brodeur Ever Be A Coach?
Introduction Before becoming an Enterprise Car Rental commercial star, Martin Brodeur was surprisingly a NHL goaltender. He was so good some even refer to him as the best of all-time. Nowadays, he hilariously responds to “did you leave you cup in your car?” With, “which one? I have...

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