Sorry, Devils fans. Hate to be the bearer of disappointing news if you’ve been waiting for general manager Tom Fitzgerald to make a big free-agent splash to speed up a franchise rebuild.

Not happening.

Not this year.

And maybe not next year.

Fitzgerald made that crystal clear in a Sunday morning Zoom call.

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The Devils have a plan to go for it once young centers Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes reach their prime, but not before even though they still are under $18.35 million under next season’s $81.5 million salary cap following three significant weekend acquisitions – defenseman Ryan Murray (4.6M) and left wing Andreas Johnsson ($3.4M) via trades, and goalie Corey Crawford ($3.9M) in a free agent signing

Those additions strengthen the Devils’ depth chart a lot –Murray is a first or second-pair blueliner, Johnsson slots in as a second- or third-line winger and Crawford fits nicely as a No. 1A goalie – but there still is a big, big need for a 25-to-30 goal winger to play with Hughes or Hischier, who are gifted playmakers.

A lot of free agents have signed since the market opened last Friday at noon, but as of Sunday morning there still were five forwards who could be a top-line winger for the Devils, who have missed the playoffs two years in a row and seven of the last eight:

–Taylor Hall (16 goals in 65 games, age 28)

–Mike Hoffman (29 goals in 69 games, age 30)

–Tyler Toffoli (24 goals in 68 games, age 28)

–Evgenii Dadonov (25 goals in 60 games, age 31)

–Mikael Granlund (17 goals in 63 games, age 28)

–Anthony Duclair (23 goals in 66 games, age

America’s biggest financial institutions are backing Democratic nominee Joe Biden, banking on a “blue wave” to boost the economy, a message that Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, touted during Wednesday night’s debate.

“Joe Biden’s economic plan, Moody’s — which is a reputable Wall Street firm — has said will create 7 million more jobs than Donald Trump’s,” Harris said as she faced off against incumbent Mike Pence.

TRUMP HITS BIDEN ON FRACKING: ‘PENNSYLVANIA WILL NEVER GO FOR HIM’

Despite Biden’s promises to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy and regulate banks more tightly, he has raked in five times as much as Trump in donations from the securities and investment industry, with an eye-popping sum of $51.1 million. The incumbent has garnered just $10.5 million, according to OpenSecrets.

Employees from Goldman Sachs have contributed $156,584 to Biden’s campaign, JPMorgan Chase has raised $379,057, and $257,821 has come from Morgan Stanley.

The same leaders in the banking sphere have contributed significantly less to Trump and outside groups supporting the Republican, to the tune of $11,943 from Goldman Sachs, $86,083 from JPMorgan Chase, and $96,010 from Morgan Stanley.

Additionally, backers from Wells Fargo have poured $267,000 into efforts to clinch a Democratic win while giving just $194,000 to Trump.

SILICON VALLEY REPORTEDLY POURING MONEY INTO BIDEN COFFERS — NOT SO MUCH FOR TRUMP

From Bank of America, Biden has raised $275,200, compared with Trump’s $164,911.

Earlier in the campaign, more progressive candidates such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., blasted corporate donations.

During his failed run for the White House, Sanders said he didn’t want to be beholden to banks or mega-donors.

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MADRID (Reuters) – Premier League side Arsenal completed the biggest move of transfer deadline day as they secured the 50 million euro (45.37 million pounds) signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, both sides announced on Monday.



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The Gunners announced the deal at 23:15 local time via social media.

An Arsenal statement said that the Ghana international, who will wear the No. 18 shirt, has signed a “long-term deal”. Local media reported that it was a four-year deal with the option for a further 12 months “subject to the completion of regulatory processes,” which is expected to be a formality.

“La Liga on Monday informed Atletico Madrid at 23:28 that representatives from Arsenal arrived at the footballing body’s headquarters looking to meet Thomas Partey’s release clause,” read a statement on Aletico’s website just before the midnight CET deadline.

“Thus, the player has unilaterally ended his work contract that he had signed with the club through to 30 June 2023.”

Under La Liga rules all players must have a buyout clause in their contracts and any club wishing to activate it must deposit the full amount with the Spanish league, who release the player’s registration before passing the fee onto the selling club.

Partey, 27, joined the Spanish side’s youth academy in 2012 and has gone on to establish himself as an integral part of Diego Simeone’s side since making his debut in 2015.

In a separate deal, Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreria has joined Atleti on a season-long loan deal, while out-of-favour Frenchman Matteo Guendouzi also left the Emirates Stadium for Hertha Berlin on loan.

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President Trump on Tuesday cornered Democratic challenger Joseph R. Biden about his son, Hunter, getting rich off foreign deals while his father was in the White House.

Mr. Trump asked Mr. Biden why his son pocketed more than $3.5 million from the wife of Moscow’s mayor.

“What did he do to deserve it?” demanded Mr. Trump at his first debate with Mr. Biden in the 2020 presidential race.

Mr. Biden responded that it was “totally discredited,” referring to the longtime allegations of conflicts of interest and sweetheart deals for his son in countries where Mr. Biden spearheaded Obama administration policy.

Mr. Trump kept pressing him: “What did he do for it?”

Mr. Biden repeatedly said, “It’s not true.”

The former vice president said that wasn’t what the American people wanted to hear about.

“It doesn’t want this. It wants to talk about you, the American people, that’s what we should talk about,” Mr. Biden said.

Hunter Biden has long been under suspicion for cashing in on his father’s clout as vice president in the Obama White House and pocketing millions of dollars in sweetheart deals in China, Ukraine and Russia.

As a result, the younger Mr. Biden has loomed large in the presidential race, though left-leaning news media mostly avoids the subject.

He was at the center of House Democrats’ impeachment of Mr. Trump this year. The abuse of power charges against Mr. Trump stemmed from his pressuring Ukraine to investigate alleged corruption involving Hunter Biden’s lucrative business deals while his father led Obama administration efforts in that graft-riddled country.

Everywhere the elder Mr. Biden went, Hunter Biden seemed to cash in on mega deals, despite limited business experience and a history of drug addiction.

Joseph Biden and Hunter Biden have denied any wrongdoing.

A Senate Republican report last week