5 Things We Learned In Tom Fitzgerald's Extension Press Conference

Tom Fitzgerald was asked timely questions impacting the New Jersey Devils both on and off the ice. These fives topics were the most important.

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The New Jersey Devils announced on Tuesday that they extended Tom Fitzgerald. He's also getting an extended title, President of Hockey Operations. He will take on those duties, along with his general manager duties. When asked what the difference was, Fitzgerald said he is going to be more front and center, speaking to season ticket holders and spending more time promoting the team.

Fitzgerald was previously the Executive Vice President along with general manager. This new role shows the commitment the Devils have to Fitzgerald, who was sitting alongside Managing Partner David Blitzer, one of the main owners with Josh Harris.

Of course, with the media invited to the live press conference, Fitzgerald and Blitzer were asked questions beyond just his extension, and they provided some eye-opening answers. Here are three answers that really stood out.

1. Jack Hughes is going to the All-Star Game, but will he play?

Of course, one of the main topics was about Jack Hughes, who Lindy Ruff announced this week would likely not practice before the All-Star Break. Of course, Hughes was named along with his brother Quinn as captains of one of the four All-Star teams, choosing teams with singer Michael Buble.

That has many Devils fans asking what Hughes' role will be at the All-Star Game. Is it possible they will let him play without practicing with the Devils?

"(Jack) will be attending the All-Star Game. Will he be on the ice for the All-Star Game? That's unknown."

Tom Fitzgerald

So, as of right now, we know that Hughes is traveling to Toronto to pick the team with his brother and take part in the All-Star festivities. It sounds like the Devils are keeping the door open for Hughes to play, which some can take as a positive on his recovery. Maybe he will just take part in the skills competition. Either way, we know that Hughes will be representing the Devils north of the border.