Player News - Devils

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Ben Thomson has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.

The deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level. Thomson had 10 points and 90 penalty minutes in 72 games with AHL Albany in 2016-17. He also made three appearances with the big club.
Jul 26 - 12:57 PM

Kevin Rooney has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey.

The Devils announced that the deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level. Rooney provided 13 goals and 21 points in 71 contests for Albany in the AHL last season. He also made four appearances with New Jersey, but he wasn't able to pick up his first NHL point.
Jul 26 - 12:47 PM

New Jersey has inked Blake Pietila to a two-year, two-way contract.

The new deal has an average annual salary of $667,500 at the NHL level. Pietila contributed one assist in 10 games with New Jersey last year. The 24-year-old forward also collected 17 goals and 33 points in 49 matches in the minors in 2016-17.
Jul 26 - 12:09 PM

Blake Coleman has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey that will pay him $660,000 at the NHL level.

Coleman played in 52 matches with the Albany Devils of the AHL in 2016-17. He collected 19 goals and 39 points along with 56 penalty minutes. Coleman also tallied one goal and one assist in 23 NHL outings with New Jersey last year.
Jul 26 - 12:01 PM

Stefan Noesen has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.

The deal is worth $660,000 at the NHL level. Noesen skated in 32 games with New Jersey after he was claimed off waivers from Anaheim. He contributed eight points and 22 penalty minutes with his new team.
Jul 26 - 11:57 AM

Yaroslav Dyblenko impressed at development camp and he is expected to compete for a roster spot going into the season.

Dyblenko, who has played in the KHL for at least parts of the last five years, displayed a stay-at-home style and moved the puck well. He also played a physical game and could be a member of the Devils if he continues to turn heads at training camp.
Jul 26 - 8:55 AM

Mirco Mueller is expected to get a chance to stick on the Devils' roster in 2017-18.

Mueller has appeared in 54 NHL games over the past three seasons for the San Jose Sharks. The 22-year-old blueliner will compete for a spot on New Jersey's third pairing.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 26 - 8:45 AM

The Devils have signed Scott Wedgewood to a one-year, two-way contract.

The deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level. Wedgewood appeared in just 10 games in 2016-17 because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder that required surgery to repair. He posted a 2.18 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. Wedgewood played well for New Jersey in four contests during the 2015-16 campaign. However, he will likely spend most of the upcoming season in the minors.
Jul 25 - 5:11 PM

New Jersey has agreed to terms with Mirco Mueller on a two-year, one-way contract.

Mueller's new deal has an average annual value of $850,000. He was acquired from San Jose in June. Mueller had one goal and one assist in four outings with the Sharks in the NHL last year. He also had 20 points in 62 AHL matches.
Jul 25 - 4:37 PM

Joseph Blandisi has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Blandisi's new deal is worth $680,000 at the NHL level. He split time between New Jersey and Albany of the AHL last year. In 27 games with the Devils, the 23-year-old forward contributed three goals and nine points. Blandisi also racked up 25 points in 31 games at the minor-league level.
Jul 25 - 4:31 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk reportedly said on Russian television that he thinks this will be his final season with the KHL's St. Petersburg SKA.

Kovalchuk expressed a desire to return to the NHL for the 2018-19 campaign. He explored the idea of playing in the NHL next season, but it would have been complicated because the Devils still control his rights, which would have made a sign-and-trade necessary. Next summer he'll be an unrestricted free agent in the NHL so that obstacle won't exist. Additionally, by staying in the KHL for one more season he can then play in the Olympics where Russia will be a heavy favorite to win gold given that NHL players won't be able to participate.
Jul 21 - 9:50 AM

Devils GM Ray Shero doesn't feel any need to rush the contract negotiations with Damon Severson.

Severson is a restricted free agent who didn't have arbitration rights so as long as he's signed before the start of training camp there isn't any issue. He's coming off a strong campaign where he had three goals, 31 points, and 58 penalty minutes in 80 contests. "He’s still a young defenseman that we’re excited to work with, and we want to make sure he understands that," Shero said. "So we’ll get some options with him and his agent, and there’s no rush there. We look forward to doing that and getting some of these other guys signed."
Jul 20 - 8:56 PM

The Devils plan to use Nico Hischier as a center right from the start.

The alternative would have been to have Hischier start his career as a winger to ease him into the NHL a bit more. It's not clear who his linemates will be, but it's entirely possible that Hischier will find himself on one of the Devils' top-two lines. He's going into the season as a potential contender for the Calder Trophy, so you'll naturally want to keep an eye on him during training camp.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 2:54 PM

Devils AHL coach Rick Kowalsky believes John Quenneville will end up being a winger.

"He did play (center) in Brandon two years prior, but the last year, where he had the real big year, he played the wing," Kowalsky said. "He's most comfortable on the wing and I think right now, unless something changes, he certainly would be suitable in the NHL starting on the wing. The thing with Q is he would be comfortable and I would be confident in him playing left or right wing, which would be a huge advantage." Quenneville is coming off his first pro campaign. He had a goal and four points in 12 games with New Jersey and another 14 goals and 46 points in 58 AHL contests.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 20 - 8:22 AM

New Jersey has reached out to Alexander Kerfoot, who is their prospect but can become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15.

Kerfoot was selected with the 150th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He's coming off his senior year with Harvard University where he scored 16 goals and 45 points in 36 contests. "I talked to him a few days ago for a while," Devils GM Ray Shero said. "I think after the dust settled for free agency for a lot of teams, including ours, I think it was good to reconnect with him. Me, John Hynes and Fitzie had a conference call with him, and I explained to him again exactly where we were. I think it was a good reminder that we’d really like to sign him, but like anybody else, he controls the outcome until Aug. 15. I think it was a really good conversation and he’ll talk to his agent, and hopefully get back to us in the very near future. There’s not much more he can learn from us at this point, but I think it was a really good chance to reconnect with him when the dust settles after July 1 around the league and certainly with the Devils." It wouldn't be sur
Jul 19 - 9:11 AM


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