Player News - Devils

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Travis Zajac will miss four to six months after undergoing pectoral surgery.

Depending on how his recovery goes, Zajac should be back sometime between December and February. "This morning, Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle that was suffered last week during off-season training," said GM Ray Shero. "The procedure was performed by the club's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow." The 32-year-old had 14 goals and 45 points in 80 games with the Devils last season. The injury gives first overall pick Nico Hischier an even better chance of sticking with the team out of training camp.
Aug 17 - 4:57 PM

Damon Severson and the New Jersey Devils still haven't been able to come to terms on a contract extension.

Severson, who is a restricted free agent, quietly put up decent offensive numbers last season, as he had three goals and 31 points in 80 games. He averaged just over 20 minutes of time per game, but he also finished with a mind-boggling minus-31 rating. The Devils have over $18.7 million in cap space, so a deal should be completed soon. The fact that he doesn't have arbitration rights probably gives the Devils the upper hand in this negotiation.
Aug 14 - 9:50 AM

Kevin Rooney wants to earn a bottom-six forward spot with New Jersey this season.

Rooney isn't likely to contribute much offensively, but he can play well defensively while killing penalties and winning faceoffs. He has been working hard over the summer to polish those areas and his quickness to impress at training camp.
Aug 11 - 2:23 PM

Joseph Anderson starred for the United States in a 7-5 win over Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase on Saturday night.

Anderson produced a hat trick and added an assist in the contest. Coach Bob Motzko was impressed by Anderson's play at the event. "I got to see this last year when he was at [Minnesota-Duluth]," said Motzko. "He's heavy and strong, never cheats any corner. He can be on the power play, kill penalties, play on the top line, in the last minute. He's such a big-time player." The New Jersey Devils prospect, who went in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft, had 37 points in 39 games during his freshmen campaign. Anderson picked up two assists in seven matches at the 2017 World Junior Championship with Team USA, but he will probably have a much larger role with the team in 2018.
Aug 6 - 2:14 PM

Jesper Boqvist has played well for Sweden at the World Junior Summer Showcase and could be a top-six forward for the team at the 2018 World Junior Championship.

"He's getting stronger and getting more adjusted to playing with older players," Swedish coach Tomas Monten said. "He's always been skilled, so he has good skill and great speed and he can play both center and wing. ... He's an offensive player who can help on the power play and on our top two lines." New Jersey selected him with the 36th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft after being impressed by his speed, skill and puck skills. It's likely that he'll play regularly in the SHL this campaign after he suited up for three teams on different levels in Sweden last year.
Aug 4 - 11:13 AM

Patrik Elias will see his No. 26 jersey retired by the Devils in a pregame ceremony on Feb. 24, 2018 versus the New York Islanders.

Elias didn't play in 2016-17 because of his surgically-repaired knee and decided to retire in March. He is the Devils' all-time leader in goals (408), assists (617), points (1,025) and hat tricks (8). Elias also won the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 2 - 5:32 PM

Blake Speers will turn pro this season and he intends to play for New Jersey.

Speers impressed the team last season when he remained in the NHL out of training camp and coach John Hynes liked what he saw earlier in July at the Devils' development camp. "There's certainly a drive and determination to him overall in this camp that he looks like he's a guy on the mission to give himself the best opportunity to make the team next year," Hynes said.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 29 - 9:24 AM

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


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