It sure appear like Jack Hughes has actually arrived. He potted two objectives and had an assist as Mackenzie Blackwood as soon as again bailed out the Devils late to get the group a win against the Rangers Tuesday night. [NHL] [All About the Jersey] [NJ.com] [NorthJersey.com]
The next episode of the group’s behind the scenes documentary series:

Hmmm … Some intriguing reporting here from Elliotte Friedman: “Apparently, New Jersey’s Tom Fitzgerald has an unique contract. He signed a long-term extension last year, but, when promoted to the GM chair last summertime, was provided an one-year agreement for that particular position. We’ll see how that plays out.” [Sportsnet]
The Mike Babcock track record rehab tour seems underway. Here’s the very first piece on that trip and, well, it’s … something. [The Athletic ($)]
The NHL is returning to regular pucks that do not have the onboard tracking innovation in the meantime after complaints surfaced about the tracking pucks. Per ESPN, “One NHL gamer informed ESPN on Tuesday that the pucks were ‘horrible’ and ‘do not slide,’ including that players had actually voiced their annoyance with them.” [ESPN]
TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports here on the delays in the league’s COVID-19 screening: “I think the important things to explain here is that this is precisely what the NBA is refraining from doing. They are fast evaluating their players. Before NBA gamers can even go into a team facility they get a fast test and if it’s unfavorable, then they’re clear to get in. This might simply be something that the NHL has to think about as they continue to be versatile and nimble down the road.” [TSN]
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