New Jersey Devils have to be disappointed with their performance in this
season’s Stanley Cup Finals after bowing-out to Los Angeles in six games, but
they still exceeded most people’s expectations with their playoff run through
the Eastern Conference.
Parise inks deal with Minnesota
New Jersey opened the offseason optimistic that
it could find a way to resign its captain Zach Parise to a new contract, but
that was not the case as the All-Star forward opted to jump at the chance to
return to his Minnesota roots by signing a 13-year deal with the Wild. He will
join defenseman Ryan Suter, who also signed a long-term deal with the Wild, to
immediately make Minnesota a legitimate contender for next season’s Stanley
Cup. The Devils’ odds to win a title took a major hit with the loss of Parise
as Bovada now has them as 28/1 longshots.
Does Brodeur Return?
By: David Schwab
2012 NHL Draft
had the 29th overall pick in the first round of last month’s NHL
draft and decided to select USA center Stefan Matteau. He spent this past
season with the US National Team Development Program and recorded 32 points (15
goals, 17 assists) in 46 games. This was his second season in the program after
scoring four goals and adding five assists in 28 games in the 2010/2011 season.
next pick was the 60th overall selection of the second round. They
chose 6-foot-2, 190 pound Canadian defenseman Damon Severson, who has shown
tremendous promise as the age of just 17. New Jersey added another USA prospect
at center/left wing with the selection of Ben Johnson in the third round and
picked-up Canadian winger Benjamin Thomson early in the fourth. It added two
more Canadian centers in the fifth round; Graham Black and Alexander Kerfoot.
The Devils wrapped things up with the selection of center Artur Garvus in the
Brodeur to remain a Devil
goaltender Martin Brodeur, who breathed new life into his career with a stellar
performance in the postseason, ended any speculation that he might test the
free-agent market this offseason. He will be back with New Jersey for the next
two seasons after reportedly coming to terms with the team on a deal that is
worth $9 million. The 40-year old netminder confirmed that he was returning to
the team in a recent interview with ESPN.com’s Pierre Lebrun.
played his entire career with New Jersey and has posted 656 victories in 1,191
games. Both Chicago and Toronto had expressed an interest in possibly signing
the future Hall of Famer, but this deal should ensure that he will finish his
storied NHL career as a New Jersey Devil.
Other free-agent signings
is making every effort to keep its roster intact for another run at the Stanley
Cup next season. The status of All-Star center Zach Parise remains up in the
air, but the Devils did come to terms with five other players whose existing
contract had expired at the end of the season. Back with the team are forwards
Steve Bernier, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, and Cam Janssen along with
defenseman Peter Harrold.
Fayne out for four months after wrist
It has been
reported that New Jersey defensemen Mark Fayne will be out of action anywhere
from three to four months after having a ligament repaired in left wrist. In 82
games this season, he scored four goals and added 13 assists.