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from Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
The Devils have scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference in Newark on Friday to introduce Brent Sutter as their next head coach.
from the Star-Ledger,
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello returned from his trip to Minnesota, where he laid the groundwork to sign restricted free agents Zach Parise and Paul Martin.
“I met with Mr. Lamoriello and we had lengthy discussions,” said Parise’s representative, Neil Sheehy. “Multiyear is something we discussed. We talked about all the different possibilities and we’re still in discussion.”
Parise, who earned $703,000 in 2006-07, is in position to command a deal in the neighborhood of $4 million per season. A four-year, $16 million contract would seemingly suit both sides.
Martin, who made $2 million last season, figures to at least double his salary.
That would seemingly prevent Lamoriello from signing a big-ticket free agent such as Sheldon Souray or center Alexei Yashin. Souray might be headed for San Jose while Yashin has several lucrative offers to play in Russia.
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from Darren Dreger & Bob McKenzie at TSN,
NHL sources tell TSN that Sutter is stepping down from his junior club to pursue a head coaching job in the NHL and that Sutter is the odds-on favourite to be named the next head coach of the New Jersey Devils.
“I really can’t comment,” Sutter said. “We will have an announcement regarding the Rebels tomorrow. That’s all there is to say at this point.”
from the NY Post,
“I don’t think we’re complete yet,” Lamoriello said, refusing to discuss Yashin or defenseman Sheldon Souray, among the big fish left in the pool.
Souray may be asking more ($6 million per) than Lamoriello wants to pay. Yashin was bought out last month by the Islanders, who will pay him more than $2 million for each of the next eight seasons. His reputation was further damaged by that Islanders move, but he led that team’s offense during their surprising first half, until he injured a knee, which coincided with their decline.
According to the NHLPA site, the Devils have signed Vitali Vishnevski for $1.4M.
added 11:12am, from the New Jersey Devils,
“Vitaly Vishnevski is a defenseman who brings a physical presence to our hockey team,” said Lamoriello. “He has both size and experience, and we feel he can play our type of hockey.”
added 12:42pm, via TSN,
The New Jersey Devils signed free-agent defenceman Vitaly Vishnevski to a US$5.4-million, three-year contract on Tursday.
Leafs Lunch reporting goaltender Kevin Weekes signs with New Jersey.
Updated 1:15pm ET:
From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
Intent on giving Martin Brodeur more rest in the upcoming season, the Devils have signed former Ranger Kevin Weekes to be Brodeur’s backup. Weekes did not play the last two months of the season after straining a quadriceps during practice in February. He played 14 games in 2006-07 with the Rangers, going 4-6 with a 3.39 goals-against average.
added 1:26pm, CP via TSN...
The New Jersey Devils have signed unrestricted free agent forward Dainius Zubrus to a 6-year contract, TFP has learned.
*More info on Zubrus weighing his options noted earlier today on KK...
Update 3:22pm ET:
Zubrus is, in fact, listed on the official roster at the New Jersey Devils website at this time.
Update 3:25pm ET:
From TSN - “The New Jersey Devils have signed centre Dainius Zubrus to a 6-year contract.”
Update 4:02pm ET:
TSN’s site has updated to state financial terms for Zubrus contract. Signing is for 6 years for $20.4 million.
from the New York Post,
The Most Loyal Devil may leave New Jersey today, low-balled by Lou Lamoriello when any decent raise would have brought Brian Rafalski to Newark.
“It appears I’ll be reaching free agency,” Rafalski told The Post yesterday. “I’m interested at this point to see what happens and how much interest there is out there.”...
“Detroit’s my hometown, and the Midwest is the area I grew up in, so I’m very comfortable there as far as lifestyle goes,” Rafalski said. “At the same time, I have friends and family in many places.”
from The Record,
“Brian wants to stay, so we’re going to do whatever we can to make it work,” Zito said.
Zito said he had a productive sit-down with Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello while at the NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend.
“That went well and we’re going to continue to talk,” he said.
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