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Lightning Round: New Jersey Devils in chaos

Oct 16, 2023; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New Jersey Devils center Michael McLeod (20) takes a fall against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Big acquisition last spring, Timo Meier, has been benched or called out multiple times already this season by head coach Lindy Ruff as the New Jersey Devils flounder following a summer full of expectations circled the team. The Devils are 1-1-1 in the very early goings of the season and have a long break before they play the Islanders on Saturday. This is a chance for a reset — or for things to get worse.

The Winnipeg Jets are finally slipping. After a decade of loyal fan service at the box office, attendance is down significantly to start this season. That many empty seats in one of the smallest buildings in the league isn’t a good sign.

It didn’t help for the fans that did attend the game, they watched their former center Pierre-Luc Dubois score and win with his new team, the LA Kings. Meanwhile, the Jets remain stagnant as a roster, and have extended their past-prime name players to contracts for their mid- to late-30s (Mark Scheifele and Connor Hellebuyck). I’m sure it’s hard to play in Canada’s frozen hell, but the GM is doing nothing to help his cause with the decisions he’s been making as GM since before the team relocated.

Here are the scores from last night.

Kirby Dach is out for the season after tearing both his ACL and MCL in his right knee. The injury happened when he got hit into the Chicago boards by former Hab Jarred Tinordi. I will not make a Kirby joke here.

There was a minor trade in the NHL yesterday, with the Penguins and Canucks swapping minor leaguers.

This is cool, the Islanders have a rich history in parallel with the trading card boom, I’m sure their fans are in love with this new installation.

At the GM meetings, the NHL wants the coaches to stop yelling at the referees. They didn’t address any concerns, they just said be nicer.

Always love articles like these.

Imagine finding 21 players under the age of 21 in your organization? The Lightning haven’t seen that in over a decade, easily.

23 team rosters are becoming less common as teams are maximizing their cap space.

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