I’m happy to announce, in addition to my JetsBlog work, I’ll be running SNY’s Devils coverage this season at SNYDevils.com. I won’t be re-posting everything I put up on the blog, but I’ll be posting the occasional piece just to keep things moving here.
I go back and forth with new SNY Devils writer Dave Turner on the fallout from the Ilya Kovalchuk retirement/KHL signing. We close the book on Kovy’s time in New Jersey, discuss whether athletes should honor their contracts and try to figure if the Devils are better off without him.
Stefan Matteau played in his sixth NHL game last night, meaning his NHL contract officially kicks in. Does that mean he’s staying with the Devils or heading back to junior? Maybe neither. I explain on SNYDevils.com.
After every Devils game, I highlight four to five things I noticed they did well or didn’t do enough of and expand in rapid reaction form. Here’s a link to all of my postgame posts through last night’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders. I’ll also re-post this during the season as the Devils play more games.
Ilya Kovalchuk is gone, but the Devils still have to field a team. I look at the roster in a post-Kovy world and examine how his decision will affect the opening-night roster and the NHL in a post-KHL loophole world.
The Devils’ playoff chances seem to be dwindling by the night – whether they play or not. Will they make it? Pat Pickens and I debate that and talk about what might happen if New Jersey has to watch the postseason this year.
Will the Devils stand pat at the trade deadline? Or will they try to make a big move after Ilya Kovalchuk’s injury. The evidence all points toward the former, but it all makes sense when you look at the big picture.
Patrik Elias and David Clarkson have gone ice cold since starting the season on record pace. Is it time to split them up? Should it be permanent? I examine the pros and cons of breaking up New Jersey’s Batman and Robin – and wonder what the lines would like if they did.