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lkka Pikkarainen Signed By Devils

via the New Jersey Devils,

The Devils announced Thursday that they have signed forward Ilkka Pikkarainen.

“Ilkka Pikkarainen is a forward who brings size, strength and toughness to our roster,” said Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. “We welcome him back to our hockey club.”

So the mystery man is signed.

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Andy Greene Re-Signs With New Jersey

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Defenseman Andy Greene has re-signed with the Devils.

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added 2:16pm, Tom has updated his post, 2years, $1.475 million.

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Devils Close To Re-signing Oduya

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

It appears the Devils will be able to keep highly-regarded defenseman Johnny Oduya from testing the market when the free agency period officiallly begins at noon Wednesday.

Oduya has been priority No. 1 for Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello, who said Monday night that a deal with the speedy defenseman could be finalized Tuesday. Lamoriello and agent Don Meehan are believed to be close to a multi-year contract at about $3 million per season.

“I think that’s close,” Lamoriello said Monday night about re-signing Oduya.

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added 6/30/09,

“We are delighted to have Johnny Oduya stay with the organization,” said Lamoriello. “He has developed into one of the more talented young defensemen in the National Hockey League.”

Multi year deal, around $3M per season.

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Gionta Will Probably Listen To Offers

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

After not having any contact with the Devils since the end of the regular season, Gionta’s agent, Steve Bartlett said today that he’s had “a few casual conversations” with general manager Lou Lamoriello in the last week.

“I think everyone is on the same page in that there certainly is mutual interest and respect from both parties to get something done, but also an acknowledgement that that might not be possible to do so before July 1 for a lot of reasons,” Bartlett said.

The biggest is the salary cap. Teams were able to finally start budgeting their payroll for the 2009-10 season after it was announced on Friday that the salary cap will be $56.8 million.

Although Lamoriello has been trying to re-sign defenseman Johnny Oduya before he hits the open market and also has been working on a new deal for restricted free agent center Travis Zajac, re-signing Gionta apparently falls a little farther down the team’s list of priorities.

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Devils May Have Their Coach

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

With the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal completed, Lamoriello said hiring a head coach was the next thing on his agenda. When I asked him today (Saturday) if he will hire a coach before July 1, he cryptically replied, “We’ll see.”

Most of the signs still point toward Jacques Lemaire returning for a second stint with the team. Lemaire coached the Devils from 1993-94 to 1997-98 and guided them to their first Stanley Cup in 1995.

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You Have To Wonder

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

It appears the Devils might have received some compensation for Brent Sutter anyway.

The Devils made a trade with the Calgary Flames to move up three spots and select Swedish center Jacob Josefson with the 20th pick overall in the NHL Entry Draft tonight in Montreal….

The Devils were not entitled to compensation from the Flames for signing Sutter, who still had one year left on his contract when he resigned on June 9. So, was it just a coicidence that the Devils made the trade with Calgary only three days after the Flames hired Sutter?

“Total coincidence,” Lamoriello said.

more on the draft pick…

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Clemmensen Wants More Playing Time

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Clemmensen said that he expects to talk to general manager Lou Lamoriello before he becomes a free agent. He said the two have tried to have a sitdown since the season ended, but their timing and travels have prevented it.

“We’ve been meaning to get together to talk about things,” said Clemmensen, who had to skip his end-of-season sitdown with Lamoriello when he was called off to join Team USA at the World Championships in Switzerland. “I expect we will talk. It just hasn’t happened, yet.”

Clemmensen, who will turn 32 on July 23, said a return to the Devils is still a possibility. It sounds like the odds are against it, though.

“I haven’t ruled out going back ot the Devils,” he said. “It’s just going to depend on a lot of things.”

Clemmensen said his top priority is playing time.

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Shanahan Will Play Next Season

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Brendan Shanahan seemed to be leaning in this direction since the Devils’ season ended on April 28, but his agent Rick Curran confirmed today that the 40-year-old winger intends to play at least one more season in the NHL. It would be his 23rd season in the league.

That said, there have been no conversations so far between Curran and Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello about re-signing Shanahan, who is slated to become an unrestricted free on July 1—now only one week away. .

“I can’t say that I’ve had any conversations with any club, but Brendan is definitely going to play hockey next year,” Curran told me today.

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Do The Devils Have Enough Cap Room To Keep Gionta?

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Brian Gionta wants to continue playing for the Devils, but he wonders whether the team will have enough cap space to keep him.

Gionta, who earned $4 million last season as part of a three-year, $12 million deal he signed in 2006, told me on Tuesday there has been no communication with general manager Lou Lamoriello. He becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.

“We have not touched base at all yet,” Gionta said. “I don’t think it’s surprising because of the cap situation this year. The cap isn’t set and no one knows where it’s going to go. Teams don’t know what they have to work with.

“The problem is the cap will be determined late this year.”

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Sutter Abandoned The Devils

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Two years later, Sutter is in Calgary and the Devils are looking for another coach with another personality that will require adjusting to and, possibly, more system alterations.

Brent Sutter did not fulfill his promise with the Devils. He abandoned them after two seasons in which he could not get them out of the first round of the playoffs. He had his reasons for leaving, but he abandoned them nonetheless.

So, there is reason for the players to be uspet with him for leaving them. It’s also understandable why owner Jeff Vanderbeek said he was left with a bad taste in his mouth by Sutter’s quick move to Calgary.

As GM, Lou Lamoriello’s job is to stay even keeled. Vanderbeek was a fan before he was an owner and, in some ways, he still thinks like a fan.

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