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Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today re-signed goaltender Cory Schneider to a new multi-year contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
“With today’s signing, we have solidified our goaltending for the present and the future,” said Lamoriello. “Cory demonstrated throughout the year what he could bring to our organization, both on and off the ice.“
Nick Kypreos says $5M for 5 years.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
"It was a distraction, to be perfectly honest," Lamoriello said Saturday. "It distracted everything you had to do."
Lamoriello said he wasn't surprised that there were fewer trades than expected.
"If there was anything that was going to happen, it was going to happen right away," he said. "This has been a very peculiar week, as far as free agency, the draft and then the signings of your own players. You're divided in so many different directions. I think everybody said, 'Let's focus on the draft.' "
The GM said the discussion period, which ends Monday, will inflate free agent prices.
Asked if the Devils will be active in signing free agents beginning noon on Tuesday, Lamoriello said: "We'll talk. As far as what the results will bring, I couldn't tell you."
“I want to play the game. I understand my age, for people, is a big deal, but I stayed healthy all year. I played 39 games. Didn’t miss a practice. Didn’t miss a game. I was pretty happy about that.said.
“My body responded, and my mind is ready to go again. I’m excited about the new challenge that’s going to come in front of me.”
-Martin Brodeur as he prepares for free agency. More on and from Brodeur by Luke Fox of Sportsnet.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
“It’s going to be probably my last year,” the NHL’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts told The Record today. “You never know what kind of energy I’m going to get from my decision, but I’m not looking for anything more than one year that’s for sure.”
It’s been 24 years since the Devils drafted Brodeur 20th overall and he’s played all 20 of his NHL seasons in their uniform, but with Cory Schneider lined up as their long-term goaltender of the future he realizes it might be best for him and the organization if he finishes his career elsewhere in 2014-15.
That Brodeur intends to explore the UFA market is something he said multiple times before the end of the Devils’ season. He was briefly a UFA in 2012 before he ended up re-signing with the Devils for two more seasons.
He admits this time around is going to be different.
“I’m going to give myself the opportunity to look at what’s out there and see if there’s something that’s interesting to me,” he said. “It doesn’t mean it’s not going to be in New Jersey, but I’m going to look everywhere, like I did two years ago. But now, the circumstances are a lot different with having Schneids here, so we’ll see.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"I've come to the conclusion that I'm definitely going to be available July 1,'' Brodeur told ESPN.com Friday. "I want to play one more season and I want to see what's out there."
Brodeur, who turned 42 last month, said he hasn't completely shut the door on returning to the Devils but feels like it's most likely he's going to be elsewhere next season.
"I've had a lot of good conversations with the Devils, but I'm not inclined at going back at this point," said Brodeur, whose contract expires June 30. "I just feel that with Schneids (goalie Corey Schneider) the organization has to move on. Me being around might be tough a little bit for them. I don't completely put it out of the question (returning to New Jersey) but I don't want to mess up the cards for the Devils.
"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where I go next, I'm always going to be a Devil. I'm always going to come back to the organization. But I want to play one more year. So I'll see what's out there."
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today re-signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a new contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
Zidlicky will enter his fourth season with New Jersey and 11th in NHL overall. He finished first among the club’s defensemen and fifth on the team with 42 points last season, including 12 goals and 30 assists, while appearing in 81 games.
"That was my last game for the Czech Republic. I'll be back to play in the NHL next year, but I won't play for my country again."
-Jaromir Jagr after losing to Sweden in the bronze medal game at the World Championship.
from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Things will change.
Things must change.
If these Penguins go down in flames for yet another Stanley Cup playoffs by falling to the Rangers in Game 7 on Tuesday. If they do so after barely breaking a sweat against an exhausted and otherwise unremarkable opponent. If they do so after two of the least passionate postseason performances in franchise history — including the 3-1 throttling in Game 6 on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden — then this really would be it.
This would be a gag unlike any we've seen, even in a half-decade of spring failure.
This would be the one that gets Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle involved.
This would be the one that brings meaningful, maybe seismic change.
I'm told ownership is fed up. They're furious. That's not a guess, either. They don't like what they're seeing, and no, unlike the bulk of the fan base, they don't see it solely as a coaching issue. They don't like any of what they're seeing.
And the changes that could result from that … wow, the mind boggles.
Dan Bylsma tops the list, and there should be no question that he should.
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today re-signed right wing Jaromir Jagr to a new contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
Jagr enters his second season with the Devils after leading the team with 43 assists and 67 points, while finishing second with 24 goals in 2013-14. He also led the club with six game-winning tallies, 231 shots on goal and a plus-16 mark. The 6-3, 230-lb. forward has career totals of 705 goals and 1,050 assists for 1,755 points and 1,005 penalty minutes in 1,473 career regular-season appearances over 20 seasons with Pittsburgh, Washington, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston and New Jersey.
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