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Let’s Experiment in EHM: Let’s Ruin the New York Rangers Part 2

Let’s Experiment in EHM: Let’s Ruin the New York Rangers Part 2

This is from a computer game. It is not real life. If only. The Eastside Hockey Manager experiment to ruin Our Hated Rivals, the New York Rangers, concludes with this post. How much damage was done to them? A lot. A whole lot of damage. In conclusion of Rivalry Week (or, more accurately Rivalry Fortnight), this is the conclusion of the Eastside Hockey Manager experiment to ruin Our Hated Rivals, the New York Rangers. Last week, I showed off how abysmal we made Our Hated Rivals from the suggestions offered from a prior post. By January 1, 2020 in the game, they were decidedly in the...
Jul 11, 2020
1990’s Goaltending: Brodeur vs Hextall

1990’s Goaltending: Brodeur vs Hextall

The future of the Devils-Flyers rivalry might depend in large part on how Carter Hart and Mackenzie Blackwood play, as Mike discussed yesterday. The last time there was a legitimate goaltending competition between the two rivals, however, we were looking at Hextall and Brodeur. Yesterday, Mike discussed how moving forward, the goaltending matchup between Mackenzie Blackwood and Carter Hart could define the New Jersey Devils - Philadelphia Flyers rivalry for many years to come. I agree, how those two play and develop for these organizations will determine a lot about the future directions...
Jul 10, 2020
Labor Peace in Our Time: NHLPA & NHL Ratify 4 Year CBA Extension & Return to Play Format

Labor Peace in Our Time: NHLPA & NHL Ratify 4 Year CBA Extension & Return to Play Format

Gary Bettman and the NHLPA worked out a four-year CBA extension and a Return to Play format. | Photo by Bruce Bennett/NHLI via This evening, the NHL and the NHLPA ratified the Return to Play format and a four-year extension to the Contract Bargaining Agreement with modifications. This is fantastic news and an overview of what happens now for the NHL with a Devils-focus. Earlier this week, the NHL and the NHLPA negotiators came to a tentative agreement for both the Return to Play format and a four-year extension of the Contract Bargaining Agreement, along with several changes to the...
Jul 10, 2020
Goaltending Could be the Focal Point in the Next Chapter of the Devils-Flyers Rivalry

Goaltending Could be the Focal Point in the Next Chapter of the Devils-Flyers Rivalry

Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Over the past two seasons, both the Devils and Flyers have each seen the emergence of young goaltenders who could be long-term starters and, with a little luck, stars. Could MacKenzie Blackwood vs. Carter Hart be the defining matchup of the next 5-10 years of Devils-Flyers hockey? Today in our Devils-Flyers rivalry week series, we cast an eye toward the future instead of the past as we take a look at one of the more compelling storylines that could develop over the next five or ten years of the Devils’ matchups with those degenerates from the other end of...
Jul 10, 2020
DitD & Open Post - 7/10/20: Jobs Filled Edition

DitD & Open Post - 7/10/20: Jobs Filled Edition

Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 7/10/20 Here are your links for today: Devils Links ICYMI: Tom Fitzgerald and Lindy Ruff have been announced as the Devils next GM and coach, respectively. #NEWS: The New Jersey Devils have announced Tom Fitzgerald has been named Executive Vice President/General Manager of the club.#WeAreOne | #NJDevilshttps://t.co/tMB77ESlp6— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 9, 2020 #NEWS: The New Jersey Devils have signed Lindy Ruff to be the 19th head coach in franchise history.Welcome to Jersey, Lindy! :...
Jul 9, 2020
New Jersey Devils Officially Announce Tom Fitzgerald as GM and Lindy Ruff as Head Coach

New Jersey Devils Officially Announce Tom Fitzgerald as GM and Lindy Ruff as Head Coach

Lindy Ruff is officially the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils. | Jared Silber/NHLI via On July 9, 2020, the New Jersey Devils made it official: Tom Fitzgerald is the team’s GM (and an executive VP) and Lindy Ruff is the team’s head coach. This post summarizes the team’s press conference announcing both moves as well as highlights from an interview Martin Brodeur did about the team hiring Lindy Ruff. Earlier today, the New Jersey Devils made it official. Tom Fitzgerald is now the team’s general manager (and executive vice president) and Lindy Ruff is the team’s head...
Jul 9, 2020
The 2000 Eastern Conference Finals: One of the New Jersey Devils’ Finest Moments Over the Second Rate Rivals

The 2000 Eastern Conference Finals: One of the New Jersey Devils’ Finest Moments Over the Second Rate Rivals

A somewhat in depth look back at the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals and some of the highlights that came from it. May 20, 2000; the Philadelphia Flyers have just defeated the New Jersey Devils by a score of 3-1 to take a three games to one lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Sitting a mere loss away from elimination, and with only one of the potential remaining games at Continental Airlines Arena, things looked bleak for Jersey’s Team. How did they get here? What would happen in those three games? Well the title spoils it a bit, but let’s head on back to the year 2000, and relive...
Jul 8, 2020
Weekes: New Jersey Devils Expected to Name Tom Fitzgerald General Manager & Lindy Ruff as Head Coach

Weekes: New Jersey Devils Expected to Name Tom Fitzgerald General Manager & Lindy Ruff as Head Coach

Tom Fitzgerald is no longer the interim GM of the Devils. He’s the GM. And he hired Lindy Ruff. | Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Kevin Weekes of the NHL Network reported that the New Jersey Devils are expected to take the interim tag off of Tom Fitzgerald and announce Lindy Ruff as head coach. This post reacts to the news and explains the reaction. Kevin Weekes of the NHL Network dropped a massive report of news earlier this evening on Twitter. He is reporting that the New Jersey Devils will take the interim tag off of Tom Fitzgerald, which makes him the general manager of the...
Jul 8, 2020
Garden State of Hockey- Episode 55: May 1, 2012

Garden State of Hockey- Episode 55: May 1, 2012

Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via The Devils take on Philadelphia without Kovalchuk. Since recording, there has been news about the dates for the NHL’s Return to Play plan and some news about the extension of the current collective bargaining agreement but at the time of recording, Devils news was certainly light. That’s why we dipped back into the 2012 postseason and watched a game that heralded a momentum shift for this entire series as the Devils essentially choked out the Flyers in Philadelphia without having their best forward available. This was a gritty effort but a fun one to...
Jul 8, 2020
All Devils-Flyers Fights since 2015

All Devils-Flyers Fights since 2015

Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Title speaks for itself. Short recap posted with each fight. Fighting is a heavily contested part of the game of hockey. Some find it barbaric and unnecessary - they want it to be permanently banned. Others find it entertaining and fun, a way to truly let the atmosphere rise. As for me, I just like watching some fights, so here are all the Devils-Flyers fights since 2010! All fights can be found on Hockey Fights 2019 In the shortened current season, there was only one fight that took place between the Devils and Flyers. This fight took place between Kyle...
Jul 8, 2020
DitD & Open Post - 7/820: Labor ... Peace? Edition

DitD & Open Post - 7/820: Labor ... Peace? Edition

Photo by Bruce Bennett/NHLI via New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 7/8/20 Here are your links for today: Devils Links NOTE: Our own John Fischer will be participating in Will Scouch’s community mock draft, which will be streaming live on Scouching’s Youtube channel starting at 10 p.m. ET tonight. Check it out. Here’s Damon Severson talking about his confidence growing, his potential and more in this session with the media: [NHL] What about using pick No. 7 in a package for a young player? Could we end up with two unprotected first-round picks next year? Those questions...
Jul 7, 2020
Behind Enemy Lines: Players Who Have Laced ‘Em Up For Both the Devils and the Flyers

Behind Enemy Lines: Players Who Have Laced ‘Em Up For Both the Devils and the Flyers

Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via The drama and impact of some of the player swaps between the local rivals over the seasons. The New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers do not like each other. Not on the ice, and not off the ice either. Even the suits up in the front offices know better than to extend a hand across the Delaware River—in fact, its only happened twice in the nearly 40 years since the Devils were born, both much prior to the true start of the rivalry in 1995. Every other player who’s crossed the rivalry has done so as a free agent or been traded from a third team...