February 3, 2023

Devils want to be buyers by the deadline and should target Timo Meier

NJ Advance Media’s Ryan Novozinsky for NJ.com: Claude Lemieux, Timo Meier’s agent, said they have not yet reached out about an extension.

“I’m sorry but I have no leads one way or the other as to the Devils’ interest in Timo,” Lemieux told NJ Advance Media in a text message Monday. Meier has scored 26 goals with the Sharks this season, plus a shooting rate of 12.3 percent. He has chemistry with the Swiss Devils Nico Hischier and Jonas Siegenthaler. So it makes sense that the devils are after him. NHL rumors: Timo Meier could be one of the first to be traded Also, a scorer winger on a line with Jack Hughes or on the power play increases the Devils’ playoff chances. The Devils have the resources to do the trade workout, but general manager Tom Fitzgerald prefers to build his team over the summer and would explore trades that improve his team. A major factor in all of this is Meier’s $10 million qualifying offer.

Contract talks between Jesper Bratt and Devils are slow to begin

NJ Advance Media’s Ryan Novozinsky for NJ.com: A source close to Jesper Bratt’s camp said there was nothing new to report on the Sweden winger’s ongoing contract negotiations.

Bratt became eligible to sign a long-term contract on January 1, as he signed a one-year deal at the end of the summer. There’s still a lot of time, but the first month is a slow start.

Tom Fitzgerald has described Bratt’s previous contract negotiations as “challenging,” so it’s no surprise things are slow to start. Bratt is roughly a points-a-game player as he has 46 points (18 goals and 28 assists) in 46 games.

The Boston Bruins have inquired about Canucks defenseman Luke Schenn

NBC Boston Sports’ Nick Coss: While the Boston Bruins are rolling, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t make an upgrade or two before the March 3 NHL Trade Deadline.

Depth is important for teams looking to make long Stanley Cup playoff runs. Boston found out the hard way in some postseason runs.

NHL Rumors: Klim Kostin, David Pastrnak and Vladislav Gavrikov

Additional depth on the blue line is one path general manager Don Sweeney could take. One player the Bruins have called is Canucks defenseman Luke Schenn.

Schenn is a defensive back who plays a tough, physical style of hockey. Able to play in all situations and has Stanley Cup playoff experience, winning back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2020 and 2021.

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