Sorry, Devils fans. Hate to be the bearer of disappointing news if you’ve been waiting for general manager Tom Fitzgerald to make a big free-agent splash to speed up a franchise rebuild.

Not happening.

Not this year.

And maybe not next year.

Fitzgerald made that crystal clear in a Sunday morning Zoom call.

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The Devils have a plan to go for it once young centers Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes reach their prime, but not before even though they still are under $18.35 million under next season’s $81.5 million salary cap following three significant weekend acquisitions – defenseman Ryan Murray (4.6M) and left wing Andreas Johnsson ($3.4M) via trades, and goalie Corey Crawford ($3.9M) in a free agent signing

Those additions strengthen the Devils’ depth chart a lot –Murray is

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It’s not every day an NHL General Manager gets to make the call three times in the first 20 picks of an Entry Draft.

But that’s exactly what Tom Fitzgerald, Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron and their staffs will be able to do in early October.

New Jersey have in their possession the seventh, 18th and 20th pick.

Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino joined the Speak of the Devils podcast to share his thoughts on how he feels the Devils are positioned entering the draft.

“If you’re Fitzy, you’ve got to be really excited about the opportunity of having those three selections that you can actually call your own. And the way I would game-plan is when I look at some of the acquisitions of some of those close to NHL ready prospects last year, Nolan Foote, Nick Merkely, Nate Schnarr, those type of players who are very close to being

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Sports and entertainment powerhouse Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, announced a commitment of $20 million to battle systemic racism.

Over the next five years, $10 million of this pledge will be allocated to cities where teams under the HBSE brand reside, such as Philadelphia and New Jersey. The company-wide initiative is also looking to strategically create a vehicle for social change and increase economic empowerment and development in Black communities nationwide. 

HBSE is the latest sports company to step up and acknowledge its role in addressing racial inequity—a move that sports fans are indeed appreciating: more than 70% support teams and athletes who speak out on issues of social justice and racial equality.

HBSE has an

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