The Devils signed defenseman Eric Gelinas to a one-year deal.
Gelinas, 23, had seven goals and 22 assists in 60 games in his first NHL season. The 6-foot-4 defenseman averaged 2:25 power-play minutes per night and tallied five goals and 17 assists with the extra-man, both good for second among Devils D-men. He has an a rocket slap-shot and will be a key member of the New Jersey power-play in 2014-15.
The Devils signed Andy Greene to a five-year deal worth $25 million, the deal also includes a no-trade clause.
Greene, 31, is an underrated defenseman and the $5 million dollar cap-hit is a really fair deal for both sides. Greene had eight goals and 24 assists (32 points) in 82 games for the Devils last season. The eight goals set a new career-high for the eight year veteran. He will be back eating up close to 25 minutes a night, including tons of power-play time in 2014-15. He is not a big name, so he can come at a cheap price on draft day.
The Devils have signed Martin Havlat to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.
Havlat scored 12 goals with 10 assists and a plus-14 rating in 48 games with the Sharks last year. He heads to New Jersey where he and newly signed Mike Cammalleri will look to try and spark a typically low-scoring offence.
The Devils have signed Mike Cammalleri to a five-year deal worth $25 million.
Cammalleri, 32, scored 26 goals with 19 assists (45 games) in 63 games with the Flames last season. He goes to New Jersey to try and help spark an offence that traditionally has a difficult time scoring goals.
The Sharks have informed Havlat that he will not be back in San Jose next season.
Havlat is signed through next year and given that he has only suited up in 59.9% of games over the last three seasons and that he carries a cap-hit of $5 million dollars, I don't see any NHL teams lining up to acquire the 33-year-old. Should the Sharks buy out Havlat, his $5 million salary cap hit would not count against the NHL’s 2014-15 limit, per the recent collective bargaining agreement. Havlat is due $6 million in actual dollars for next season, according to CapGeek.com.
The Devils signed Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract extension on Wednesday.
The Devils did not release terms of the contract. Jagr said it was a one-year deal. The contract is believed to be worth $6 million US with incentives. Jagr was the Devils' leading scorer this, finishing with 24 goals and 43 assists for 67 points.
Cammalleri (illness) is not on the ice for warmups; he will not play vs. Vancouver.
Wednesday may have been Cammalleri's last game with the Flames as he is set to become an unrestricted free-agent in the offseason. He finishes the season with 26 goals and 19 assists (45 points) in 63 games. Cammalleri was also one of the NHL's hottest players after the lockout--he scored 12 goals with 11 assists in his final 19 games.
Cammalleri (upper-body) will be a game-time decision Friday.
Cammalleri was cut by a high-stick on Wednesday and is not on the ice at this morning's gameday skate. Ben Hanowski is holding his spot on the Flames' top-line which suggests he may be in the lineup tonight vs. Winnipeg. Cammalleri has 13 goals and 11 assists (24 points) in his last 20 games.
Schneider made 21 save on 22 shots in a 1-0 loss to the Flames on Monday. The loss crushed the Devils' playoff chances, but it was no fault of Schneider's. Tonight, he will make his 43rd start of the season, which is by far his career-high. He has gone 16-15-11 with a 2.00 GAA and .919 SV%. Not a bad season for a guy who is playing on the NHL's 24th worst scoring team. Had he started more games, who knows, maybe they would be in the playoffs.