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Todd Cordell's Archive

On Hughes, Kakko, and the World Hockey Championships

June 1, 2019 - 12:21 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Kaapo Kakko had a truly fantastic run at the World Hockey Championships. The 18-year-old winger put up seven points in 10 games while also providing plus-defense for the tournament winners. It was a really impressive showing, one which has garnered him a to...

Five pieces the New Jersey Devils could use as trade bait

June 3, 2019 - 10:35 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils will be active this summer. At least they should be. They need to add a couple of legitimate pieces to help the team take a step forward and ensure there isn't (once again) an immediate step back that follows. Drafting Jack Hughes is a...

Four potential targets from TSN's trade bait board

June 4, 2019 - 12:23 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell TSN's Frank Seravalli recently updated the network's annual trade bait board, which currently features 25 names who *could* be moved in the coming weeks and months. Some players are more likely to be traded than others – Jason Zucker, for example, has almos...

On the New Jersey Devils' potential interest in Nikita Zaitsev

June 5, 2019 - 10:46 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Defenseman Nikita Zaitsev recently requested a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs. While he's not highly regarded in the public eye, especially in Toronto, there does seem to be a real market for the 27-year-old. Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet 650 reported the...

Data tracking Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko at the Worlds

June 6, 2019 - 11:29 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell I recently wrote about Jack Hughes, Kaapo Kakko, and the narrative the latter drastically out-performed the former at the World Hockey Championships. In short, through the majority of the tournament their underlying numbers and micro-stats proved that to be un...

On the Taylor Hall contract situation

June 9, 2019 - 11:46 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Taylor Hall has been the talk of the town since it was reported he is in no hurry to sign a long-term extension with the New Jersey Devils. Given his stature as a former MVP – and the team's history of losing high-end players to free agency – this has natu...

Report: Jesper Boqvist to sign ELC with New Jersey Devils

June 10, 2019 - 10:09 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell There have long been rumors Jesper Boqvist would sign with the New Jersey Devils this summer as the first step towards earning an NHL job come October. For once, they appear to be true. The 20-year-old has reportedly decided it's time to come overseas, and an...

New Jersey Devils Q&A: On trade bait, Hall, pressure to add & more

June 11, 2019 - 12:33 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell With the off-season *still* yet to begin, but the draft and free agency quickly approaching, I thought it'd fun to do one last New Jersey Devils Q&A before things get really hectic. Let's dive right in. What current Devils do you think have the highest chan...

On Will Butcher, Ty Smith, and optimizing the defense

June 13, 2019 - 10:22 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell I've often been asked about the possibility of the New Jersey Devils trading Will Butcher this summer. Not just because they'll likely need to include an established defender in any potential deal for a marquee name, but due to concern about breaking in Ty Sm...

Are the New Jersey Devils targeting Jacob Trouba?

June 16, 2019 - 10:30 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The New Jersey Devils have the potential to be as active as anyone in the coming weeks. They're loaded with cap space, they have a quality farm system, an abundance of draft picks, and a clear need to improve. Not just to show Taylor Hall they want to contend...