The Devils signed Kyle Palmieri to a five-year deal worth $23.25 million ($4.65M AAV).
Palmieri 25, had the best season of his career in his first year in New Jersey. He entered 2015-16 with a career-high of 14 goals, but burst out for 30 goals along with 27 assists (57 points) in 82 games. Palmieri should benefit from the Devils adding Taylor Hall to the mix for 2016-17.
The Devils signed Sergey Kalinin to a one-year deal worth $800K.
Kalinin, 25, recorded 15 points (8G / 7A) in 78 games in his first NHL season after playing five seasons in KHL before hand. Kalinin is a big centre (6’3” / 200 lbs) who should find himself in a third line role in 2016-17.
The Devils signed Luke Gazdic to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700K.
Last year, Gazdic played between Edmonton and Bakersfield (AHL). He had one goal and 24 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Oilers and three points (1G / 2A) in 11 games with the Condors. He brings some toughness to the Devils fourth line, replacing the loss of Jordin Tootoo.
The Devils signed Jacob Josefson to a one-year contract worth $1.1 million.
Josefson, 25, is a former first round pick (20th overall in 2009), who has struggled to find any offence in his NHL career. The Sweden native has recorded just 17 goals and 33 assists (50 points) in 238 career NHL games (all with the Devils) and he should once again find himself in the Devils’ bottom-6 to begin 2016-17.
The Devils have signed Devante Smith-Pelly to a two-year deal worth $2.6 million ($1.3M AAV).
Smith-Pelly, 24, was acquired by the Devils from Montreal at the trade deadline and played really well for New Jersey. Smith-Pelly had just 12 points (6G / 6A) in 46 games with the Habs before the trade, but collected 13 points (8G / 5A) in only 18 games following the trade. D.S.P could find himself on a top-line with Adam Henrique and the newest Devil Taylor Hall.
The Devils have inked Beau Bennett to a one-year contract worth $725K.
Bennett’s rights were acquired from the Penguins at the NHL draft and the Devils were successful in signing him to a one-year, “show me” contract. Bennett is a former first round pick, who has had a terrible time trying to stay healthy during his NHL career. He missed 49 games last year and 33 the year prior, but has shown flashes of a potential top-6 forward when he has managed to be on the ice.
The Devils re-signed Jon Merrill to a two-year deal worth $2.275 million ($1.137M AAV).
Merrill, 24, has spent the last three years with the Devils and with this signing will be with them for at least two more seasons. He is coming off of a disappointing year, having totalled just five points (1G / 4A) in 47 games, giving him 30 points (5G / 25A) in 165 career NHL games.
The Devils have signed Vernon Fiddler to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million.
Fiddler, 36, is in the twilight of his NHL career, but is coming off of a decent offensive season for a 4th line centre—he had 12 goals and 10 assists (22 points) in 82 games with the Stars and should be expected to be between 20-30 points again in 2016-17 with the Devils.
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 Devils have acquired Taylor Hall from the Oilers for Adam Larsson.
Hall spent the first six years of his NHL career in Edmonton after they selected him 1st overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. Hall is coming off of a 26-goal, 39-assist (65 points) season and has a career-high of 80 points (2013-14). The 24-year-old is one of the best young wingers in the NHL and should provide the Devils with a huge boost up front. He will be reunited with his former junior teammate Adam Henrique.
The Devils have recalled Pavel Zacha from Sarnia (OHL).
Zacha, 19, was the Devils first round pick (6th overall) in 2015 and has finished up his second season with Sarnia. In 51 regular season games he collected 64 points (28G / 36A) and 13 points (6G / 7A) in seven playoff games. Look for him to make his NHL debut in the Devils’ season finale.