Player News - Devils

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Kyle Palmieri is happy to be a New Jersey Devil.

Palmieri grew up a Rangers fan and while some of his close friends growing up still cheer for the Rangers, he is happy to be near home. "That's alright. I have a couple of friends who are still Rangers fans who are going to be gritting their teeth during those games," Palmieri told NJ Advance Media. "It's something I'm excited for. I grew up around that rivalry. I know how big it was and how intense the games are. But I guess I really won't have an idea until our first big game against them. I can't wait for it." Palmieri should provide some scoring for the Devils as he had 14 goals and 29 points in just 59 games last season.
Jul 2 - 8:52 AM

Jim O'Brien has signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $575K with the New Jersey Devils.

The 26-year-old forward O'Brien has been a career minor leaguer, playing in just 63 NHL games since being drafted by Ottawa in 2007. Last season he split time with AHL Hershey and Novokuznetsk Metallurg of the KHL, scoring 12 points in 22 games in Russia and 29 points in 32 games in the American League. He is expected to however mainly be a depth player for AHL Albany.
Jul 1 - 8:45 PM

Paul Thompson has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the New Jersey Devils.

The contract is worth $575,000 at the NHL level. He had 33 goals and 55 points in 73 contests with the AHL Albany Devils in 2014-15.
Jul 1 - 4:57 PM

John Moore has reached a three-year agreement with New Jersey that will pay him $1.6 million per season.

Moore was traded to Arizona last season in the deal that sent Keith Yandle to the Rangers. In 57 games in 2014-15, he posted 11 points and 77 hits.
Jul 1 - 2:26 PM

Blake Coleman has signed a two-year, entry-level deal with New Jersey.

He tallied 20 goals and 37 points in 37 games with Miami Univeristy (Ohio) last year. Coleman was a third-round pick (75th overall) of the Devils in the 2011 draft.
Jul 1 - 2:22 PM

Although the New Jersey Devils have cap space to spare, they aren't likely to be a major player in the UFA market.

This isn't a particularly great free agent market, so that might be for the best. The Devils do likely need to add skilled forwards in order to have the kind of offense necessary to compete for a playoff spot next season, but that doesn't mean they'll make such a move. In fact, it wouldn't be surprising if 2015-16 proves to be another transitional season for New Jersey.
Jul 1 - 9:37 AM

Scott Clemmensen is the new goaltender coach of the New Jersey Devils.

Well, this will end all rumors that Clemmensen will try and return to the NHL as a player. He played parts of 12 seasons in the NHL with four teams, starting and ending his career with the Devils.
Jun 30 - 3:12 PM

The Devils hope that Jacob Josefson can take on a larger role with the team next season.

The drafting of center Pavel Zacha and giving Josefson an opportunity were contributing factors in New Jersey deciding to let Scott Gomez go to free agency. Josefson recorded just six goals and 11 points in 62 games last season, while averaging 12:25 of playing time per match.
Jun 29 - 11:36 AM

New Jersey isn't expected to retain the services of Mark Fraser.

He is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday. In 34 appearances last season, Fraser posted four assists, 55 penalty minutes and 85 hits.
Jun 29 - 11:30 AM

The New Jersey Devils will part ways with a few free-agents including Peter Harrold.

"We're not going forward right now with any of them," General Manager Ray Shero said. "I've notified their agents that they're going to July 1. I talked to Scott Gomez's agent and we're not going to go be going in that direction. Bernier, we're going to July 1 and just see what's out there. Fraser the same thing and Harrold likely the same thing."
Jun 28 - 7:38 PM

GM Ray Shero was excited to acquire Kyle Palmieri from the Anaheim Ducks.

The trade was delayed a bit because Palmieri was vacationing in Ireland and could not be reached at the time. "He's at the right age, No. 1," Shero said. "He's an NHL player. He plays with speed. He's a strong kid. He can really shoot the puck. It's hard to find players like that. Anaheim's got a lot of depth up front, especially on the right side and [with] some other kids coming. So we're, hopefully, taking advantage of that." The Devils are in dire need of help on their top two lines so look for Palmieri to grab a spot there.
Jun 28 - 8:08 AM

The New Jersey Devils are unlikely to bring back Steve Bernier next season.

Bernier, 30, managed 16 goals and 32 points in 67 games in 2014-15. That tied the best mark of his career, which began in 2005-06. He might get some interest as a fringe forward if he's willing to take a modest deal.
Jun 27 - 7:33 PM

The New Jersey Devils aren't going to bring Scott Gomez back for the 2015-16 season.

The 35-year-old performed surprisingly well with the Devils, generating seven goals and 34 points in 58 games. It's understandable that the Devils might want to move on, but perhaps he's earned a chance to catch on with another team.
Jun 27 - 7:29 PM

The New Jersey Devils drafted forward Blake Speers with the 67th pick of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Speers generated 67 points in 57 games in the OHL in 2014-15, topping the 40 points he produced in 62 contests in 2013-14.
Jun 27 - 1:17 PM

The New Jersey Devils selected MacKenzie Blackwood 42nd overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Blackwood is the top ranked North American goalie according to Central Scouting. It will be interesting to see what kind of potential he ends up having with New Jersey long-term.
Jun 27 - 11:24 AM

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