by David Pavlak on 10/27/11 at 03:00 PM ET
The Devils have signed two players to contracts as the team continues to recover from a recent string of debilitating injuries.
The first signing came in the form of Ryan Carter who was put on waivers by the Florida Panthers. Most recently, however, the Devils have signed Steve Bernier to a contract with the AHL affiliate, the Albany Devils.
Signing Carter makes sense only in the fact that DeBoer spent some time with him in Florida last season.
“This guy is an NHL player. He’s played a bunch of games in the NHL in some good situations,” said DeBoer. “I think he was in Anaheim for five years and won quite a few games there. He knows how to the play the game and gives us a little bit of veteran experience up the middle. We’re pretty young there.”
“We basically picked him up at the trade deadline in Florida last year, so I worked with him for the last six weeks of the season. He’s a centerman. He’s versatile. He plays the game the right way. He plays with energy. I think he can kill penalties. He’s one of those guys that can play a role and help us.”
Carter has spent time with the Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes in addition to the Panthers. He has 35 points in his career. It is safe to say that Carter will not be a dramatic force ready to shake up the lines in New Jersey, but he will be used as the Devils try to recover from their injuries to centermen Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson.
Zach Parise has since stepped into the center, and Patrik Elias can always play the position if need be.
The Devils have also signed Steve Bernier to a contract in Albany. Bernier participated in camp prior to the season on a try out basis.
“Bernier, 26, joins the AHL club after spending the 2010-11 season with the Florida Panthers. In 68 games with the Panthers, the Quebec City native posted five goals and 10 assists for 15 points. He was acquired by Florida on June 25, 2010 in a trade with Vancouver. Bernier has had four different stops in the NHL, playing for San Jose (2005-08), Buffalo (2008), Vancouver (2008-10) and Florida. He has scored 76 goals with 83 assists for 159 points in 385 games.”
Martin Brodeur injured shoulder is getting better, but he is still not 100%. The Devils backup, Johan Hedberg, has stepped in nicely with Brodeur absent. Brodeur will once again miss tonights game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
“Now I know I’m able to get through practice. I know my limits. I’m not poke checking. I’m going to do it more and more but I’m quite there yet,” Brodeur said. “A couple of times they went around me and I said, ‘All right, nice shot.’ Usually I’d try to do something to put myself in the way. It was fun to get back and practice. I felt pretty good.”
The Devils have had Keith Kinkaid sit on the bench as the backup during the Western Conference trip.
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