Jersey Joe Corner Podcast: Excitement Around NHL Opening Weekend

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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 20: Jack Hughes #86 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers at 34 seconds of the first period at the Prudential Center on September 20, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Let’s Go, Baby! Hockey is back not only in the Garden State but league-wide. Time to lace’em up and hit the ice! With that being said Jersey Joe Stanislau and Jim Biringer from lastwordonhockey.com are back with a new episode of the Jersey Joe Corner podcast. The boys discuss a wide array of topics which include the New Jersey Devils 2019-20 final roster, the Winnipeg Jets lineup, the latest Taylor Hall, first-ever player points predictions, and so much more.

Jersey Joe Corner Podcast

New Jersey Devils Final Roster

The Boys open the show talking about the final roster for the 2019-20 season. Neither was surprised that Ty Smith was sent back to his junior team in Spokane. Smith did not show to the coaching staff the necessary improvement to make the club out of training camp. The team was hoping he could take the next step in his development. Jim brings up the point about how the Devils are getting back to drafting and developing their players. There is no need to rush players along and have another player go through what Adam Larsson went through.

Winnipeg Jets Defence

Joe than transitions to opening night for the Devils as they take on the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets were on the back end of a back-to-back. First, the Jets took on the New York Rangers. The boys talk about how the Devils need to take advantage of a depleted defence for Winnipeg. Though Jim mentions the game will not be as easy as everyone thinks. The Jets are still a good team and Laurent Brossoit can steal games.

Latest on Taylor Hall

Jim brings up the topic of the ongoing discussions about Taylor Hall’s new contract with the Devils. As Bob McKenzie reported earlier in the week, he has given his agent the “green light” to negotiate a new deal. Frank Seravalli of TSN reports it could be an eight-year deal worth $88 million. While no details or numbers have been given, this situation bears watching. Hall’s tune continuously changes week to week and if the Devils struggle does he go to July 1, see what is out there, and ultimately re-sign with the team?

Team and Player Predictions

Like on May Money with Jim Cramer, the boys held their first “Lightning Round.” Joe and Jim gave their rapid-fire point predictions for each player on the roster. Then they looked at the points total by goalies and where that would put them the team in the standings. Both feel the Devils are a playoff team this season or at least competing for one.

Jersey Joe and Jersey Jim also discuss the players in the running for the Calder Trophy, how goalie tandems are being used around the NHL, the New York Islanders new arena, and so much more hockey talk.

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Jim is a 2008 graduate of Saint Michaels College who is currently writing about the NHL for Last Word on Hockey. His work includes writing about the New Jersey Devils as well as NHL Notebooks for the Metro and Central Division. Jim has a passion for the game of hockey. As one coach put it "he is the student of the game." When Jim is not writing he can be found at the local rinks playing or being a referee. Throughout his time in the game, Jim continues to coach a local high school team. In addition, he broadcasted several New Jersey Junior Rockets games for the Eastern Hockey League. Reach him on Twitter: @JimBiringer

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