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No league takeover or bankruptcy anticipated for Devils, says NHL


The NHL is denying a report in the New York Post that the league is on the verge of taking over the financially challenged New Jersey Devils.

“I don’t anticipate either the league having to take over the team, or the team having to file for bankruptcy,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told USA TODAY Sports in an email.

And when you think about it, what did the Post really report? That the NHL had a back-up plan if owner Jeff Vanderbeek didn’t restructure or sell? Well, we hope so. Can’t just let the club implode. Have to step in at some point.

Let’s also hold off on the relocation talk. The Devils may have to let Zach Parise walk away this summer, but the team isn’t going anywhere. This is a “too much debt” problem; not a “hockey can’t work in New Jersey” problem.

Whether the NHL should’ve allowed an owner to leverage a franchise so aggressively is another discussion.

After PTO, Upshall signs one-year deal with Blues

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Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.

On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.

But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.

The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”