NHL Rumors: Montreal Canadiens, and the New Jersey Devils

The Devils are still thinking about Josh Anderson?

Montreal Hockey Now: During the offseason it was thought that the New Jersey Devils had an interest in Montreal Canadiens forward Josh Anderson. An NHL executive thought the Devils didn’t wish to move their 2022 first-round choice, 2nd general. It would have needed to have actually been a mult-asset trade.

Tony Marinaro on his ‘Sick Podcast‘ stated the Devils are still thinking about Anderson.

“One team that wants him badly, and I mean badly, because I’m sure there’s a couple of teams that would take him. The New Jersey Devils want Josh Anderson badly,” stated Marinaro relating to the Devils’ ongoing interest in the Canadiens’ power forward. “Believe me when I tell you that.”

Marinaro recommends the Canadiens need to be targeting Luke Hughes, Simon Nemec, or Alexander Holtz. Other pieces might be consisted of.

The Devils have actually begun speaking with Jesper Bratt‘s camp about an extension

James Nichols of The Fourth Period: New Jersey Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald stated that agreement extension talks with forward Jesper Bratt have actually gotten.

“Discussions conveniently have started,” Fitzgerald described. “You know, with a hello to his agent, actually it was (Monday) night we sat together just to go through some things and what we’ll get going. I just don’t want this to be a distraction to the player. You know, as we go along, we know how we feel about him. And we want to tie him up long-term. We hope the feeling’s mutual.”

The sides talked in the offseason however they couldn’t get the cash to deal with an eight-year offer. The Devils have other complimentary representatives to look after too. Fitzgerald understands he can’t pay too much and won’t do any offers if he’s not comfy with the cost.

“And that’s how I want to build our team, so there’s gotta be a will and a want to stay here and play, and understand, and I said this to his agent, ‘Jesper isn’t the only person without a contract. He’s not the only important person without one. We’ve got a lot of important people that don’t have contracts next year.’ It’s figuring out who we want to move forward with. What are they going to reprice at? There’s only so much money to go around for everybody. But Jesper is a huge part of where we are at where we want to go.”

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