The Devils have signed Ben Lovejoy to a three-year deal worth $7.98 million ($2.666M AAV).
Lovejoy, 32, is a big blueliner (6’2” / 205 lbs) who moves better than his frame would suggest. However, he has never been a big point producer, carrying a career-high of 18 points (2013-14) into free agency. After the Ducks traded Adam Larsson to the Oilers, they needed to add a defenseman and the Lovejoy signing addresses that need.
The Penguins have acquired Ben Lovejoy from the Ducks for Simon Despres.
Lovejoy, 31, does everything pretty well, but does nothing great. He returns to the team that he started his career with. He had four goals and 21 assists (25 points) in 98 games with the Penguins from 2008-13. This season he has 11 points (1G / 10A) in 40 games with the Ducks. He should fill Despres spot on the Penguins third pair.
Lovejoy (finger) is expected to play on Friday vs. Edmonton.
Lovejoy has been sidelined with a fractured finger since October 26th. He is on IR right now, but with Josh Manson being sent down earlier in the week there is already room on the roster for Lovejoy to be activated. He will be paired with Cam Fowler tonight.
Lovejoy will missed 6-8 weeks with a fractured finger.
Lovejoy was reevaluated this afternoon where it was determined that he fractured a finger in a fight with Joe Pavelski. Despite pummelling 'Little Joe' in the scrap, he is the one walking away with the injury and will miss at least a month and a half. Expect the Ducks to recall a defenseman but Mark Fistric should be in the lineup on Tuesday.
Lovejoy broke his hand in a fight with Joe Pavelski in Sunday's penalty filled battle between the Ducks and Sharks. There were 155 penalty minutes handed out last night and despite Lovejoy manhandling Pavelski, he is the one walking away with the injury. Lovejoy was playing 18 minutes a night, so this will hurt the Ducks blueline for likely one month or longer. Marc Fistric will likely be in the lineup on Tuesday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired a 2014 fifth-round draft pick from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Ben Lovejoy, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The acquisition is considered a depth move from the Pens who are currently dealing with an injured Fowler. Lovejoy wasn't a major fantasy contributor with the Pens so it is unlikely he will find an offensive stride with the Ducks.