According to Pierre Lebrun, the New Jersey Devils have spoken to Gerard Gallant about their head coaching position.
Lebrun notes that interim coach Alain Nasreddine is still a contender for the position, but the Devils have spoken to others, including Gallant.
Gallant was fired by the Vegas Golden Knights earlier this season.
Taylor Hall has been traded to the Arizona Coyotes.
Blake Speers is also going with Hall to Arizona.
Pierre Lebrun has details on the conditional 2021 3rd round pick:
As reported several places, The Devils are retaining half of Taylor Hall’s contract to facilitate the trade.
Elliotte Friedman reports the Arizona Coyotes and New Jersey Devils might be closing a Taylor Hall trade.
Hall has been held out of New Jersey’s lineup for the past two days as they closed in on trading the star winger.
The Devils have placed goalie Cory Schneider on waivers.
Schneider, 33, has a cap hit of $6 million through 2021-22.
In Schneider’s first three seasons with the Devils, he posted a 69-71-27 record with a 0.924 SV% and a 2.15 GAA. Since 2016-17, he’s gone 43-60-22 with a 0.904 SV% and a 2.97 GAA, as he’s battled hip injuries.
The Devils recalled Louis Domingue to supplement Mackenzie Blackwood in the crease.
The New Jersey Devils have re-signed Nico Hischier to a 7 year deal with an average annual salary of $7.25 million.
2019-20 is the final season on Hischier’s entry-level contract.
The Devils announced that they have re-signed Pavel Zacha to a 3 year contract.
There was a report yesterday that Zacha had agreed to terms with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.
Zacha, 22, will be two seasons away from unrestricted free agency after this contract.
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Sportsnet, passing along a report from Finland’s Iltalehti, says that Ilya Kovalchuk may be plotting a return to the NHL in 2016-17.
Because he ‘retired’ from the NHL to get out of his 15 year contract with the Devils, Kovalchuk would need the permission of all 30 NHL teams to return to the league prior to the 2018-19 season.
Kovalchuk will turn 32 next month.
Marek Zidlicky has been traded to the Red Wings, reports Tom Gulitti.
Detroit has been rumored to be in on Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf for most of the day, but the two sides obviously couldn’t work out a deal.
TSN reports that if Detroit gets to the Stanley Cup Finals this season, the pick will be upgraded to a 2nd.