Player News - Devils

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The New Jersey Devils have re-signed Miles Wood to a four-year deal worth $11 million.

The deal comes with an annual average value of $2.75 million. Wood is a strong, two-way forward who plays with a physical edge to his game. "We are excited to have Miles under contract for the next four years," said Devils GM Ray Shero. "With his style of play, he's a big part of what we are collectively building here in New Jersey, now and in the future." The 23-year-old had a career-high 19 goals and 32 points in 76 games with the Devils last season. He won't have any value in standard fantasy leagues, but he's an important part of the Devils roster.
Sep 22 - 5:11 PM

Cory Schneider (hip) hasn't been cleared to play yet.

Schneider is hoping to be available for a preseason game though. That would allow him to get back into the swing of things before the season opener. As it is, he took a big step forward on Friday by getting through the entire practice. "No real causes for concern or setbacks or anything like that yet," Schneider said. "So long as it feels good we’ll keep pushing it and see how it’s responding. I think the worst thing you could do is go too hard and have to dial it back for a week or two so we’re trying to avoid that. But I’ve had great dialogue with my trainers and staff and we’ve got a pretty good plan in place to avoid that and it’s allowing me to do a little more on the ice each day."
Sep 22 - 4:44 AM

Keith Kinkaid stopped 25 of 27 shots in Thursday's 2-0 preseason loss to the New York Islanders.

Kinkaid stopped all nine shots he faced at even-strength, but he allowed two goals on 16 shots while the Islanders were on the man-advantage. The 29-year-old will likely be the Devils' starting netminder once the season begins because Cory Schneider (hip surgery) will be on the sideline. Kinkaid had a 26-10-3 record with a 2.77 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage last season.
Sep 20 - 9:59 PM

Nick Lappin has made a good impression so far in the Devils' training camp.

Lappin found the back of the net twice during Monday's preseason game and has impressed with his skating. "He’s come to camp on a mission," Devils coach John Hynes said. "He’s in great shape and I really like the way he’s skating. He’s moving his feet really well. He’s on pucks. He’s an identity player for us on the ice and in camp and in the games." Lappin had 31 goals and 53 points in 65 AHL contests in 2017-18. He's got a real shot of making the Devils out of training camp.
Sep 20 - 6:00 AM

A deal between New Jersey and Miles Wood doesn't appear to be close, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie

"Hearing there's been virtually no dialogue lately," said McKenzie on his Twitter account. "That, of course, can change with one phone call but as of this moment, that appears to be the case." Wood remains a training camp holdout as a restricted free agent.
Sep 19 - 12:58 PM

Ryan Schmelzer has been assigned to Binghamton of the AHL.

New Jersey also sent Tariq Hammond to Binghamton and released Colton Phinney from his PTO. Additionally, Mitch Hoelscher (Ottawa - OHL) and Xavier Bernard (Drummondville - QMJHL) were returned to their respective junior teams.
Sep 18 - 6:20 PM

Blake Speers scored a goal in Monday's 3-1 split-squad loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

The Devils lost both split-squad matchups tonight after also losing against the New York Rangers. Speers intercepted a terrible backhanded pass from Simond Despres before scoring on a shorthanded breakaway to open the scoring 6:42 into the first period. The 21-year-old Speers appeared in three NHL games for the Devils last season, failing to pick up a point. He was a third round pick by the Devils back in 2015 and will be looking to push for a roster spot in camp.
Sep 17 - 10:48 PM

Ty Smith picked up a couple of assists in New Jersey's 4-3 overtime preseason loss to the New York Rangers.

Smith looked like a poised veteran tonight, making great decisions with the puck and finishing the night with 19:25 of ice-time. A few more performances like these could see the 18-year-old blueliner given a nine-game regular-season trial with the Devils to start the year. He's New Jersey's top prospect and they'll undoubtedly be very patient in bringing him along. This was one of two split-squad games for the Devils, with the other being played in Montreal against the Canadiens.
Sep 17 - 10:32 PM

Cory Schneider (hip) has looked very good in practice thus far.

Schneider underwent off-season surgery in May for the injury and looks to be ready for the start of the season. "He is really progressing the way that he should be off the injury, and this is the natural progression for him," coach John Hynes said. "He had been skating over the course of the summer, and now it’s a situation where he’s working some 1-on-1 with Rollie (Melanson) and getting in to some practice situations with other guys. He’s on track to continue to move forward, so it’s nice to see him out there, and it’s nice for him to be part of the team and be around the guys a little bit, too." Schneider should be ready for the start of the season barring any setbacks. Look for a comeback season from him as he should get 30-plus wins with good peripherals.
Sep 17 - 7:14 AM

Blake Speers suffered a broken nose in the Devils first scrimmage.

Speers took an elbow to the face but is continuing to play while wearing a face shield. Speers had a tough season in the AHL last year as the rookie had only 12 goals and 19 points. But his play thus far has improved. "The skate test is not just a conditioning thing but it’s a mental thing too and he was excellent in that," coach John Hynes said. "The way he’s practiced the last couple days, he’s done everything right with attention to detail, full speed and a great compete level. We’ve commented a couple times as coaches how he’s really come back." Expect Speers to start the season in the AHL but a call up should happen if he continues to improve.
Sep 17 - 7:09 AM

Miles Wood isn't with the Devils for the start of training camp.

Wood is still a restricted free agent. "I respect his decision but look forward to having him under contract at some point really soon," said New Jersey GM Ray Shero. The two sides have not spoken in a week, but Shero feels like nothing more needs to be discussed.
Sep 13 - 5:04 PM

Cory Schneider (hip) isn't sure when he will available to play.

"Hard to pinpoint a time when I could return," he said Thursday. "Right now I'm more focused on the immediacy of feeling better every step, every stage & doing the last things I need to do to feel game-ready. Hopefully it'll be sooner than later." Devils GM Ray Shero said Schneider will not take part in any preseason games and he's not sure about the opener either.
Sep 13 - 4:52 PM

Nico Hischier said he added five pounds during the off-season.

Hischier also heeded the recommendation of coach John Hynes and he worked on his shot over the summer. The 19-year-old impressed during his rookie season with 20 goals and 52 points in 82 games. Hischier will look to build on that this campaign.
Sep 13 - 12:02 PM

Taylor Hall's surgically-repaired hand feels fine.

"I don't even think about the fact I had (left) hand surgery (in April)," Hall said. "By the end of July it was 100 percent and I've had no issues with it." New Jersey is set to open training camp and having a fully healthy Hall is great news for the team and fantasy owners alike.
Sep 13 - 10:24 AM

New Jersey Devils prospect Michael McLeod put in a lot of work during the summer.

McLeod got his first taste of professional hockey, as he played six games with AHL Binghamton last season. He now knows what it will take to play against older, stronger competition. "I was a lot more serious and I had to focus on different things like my body a lot more and what I eat," McLeod said. "It was a big summer in that kind of sense." The 20-year-old will likely spend most of the upcoming season in the minors. The 12th overall pick in 2016 projects as more of a two-way second-line center at the next level.
Sep 8 - 9:30 AM


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