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2013 Player Tracker (as of 9/1/13)

We have reached September…and the final tracker of the offseason. About a week and a half away from the start of training camp!

Signed for 2013-14:

Eric Gelinas
Alexander Urbom
Reid Boucher
Scott Wedgewood
Brandon Burlon
David Wohlberg
Seth Helgeson
Maxime Clermont
Harry Young
Joe Whitney
Mattias Tedenby
Darcy Zajac
Tim Sestito
Riley Boychuk (acquired from BUF 7/7)
Rod Pelley (signed from NOR 7/8)
Mike Hoeffel
Cam Janssen
Harri Pesonen
Raman Hrabarenka
Jacob Josefson
Keith Kinkaid
Mike Sislo
Dan Kelly

Unrestricted Free Agent:

Jay Leach
Chad Wiseman
Corbin McPherson
Chris McKelvie
Kelly Zajac
J.S. Berube

Moving On:

Matt Anderson (signed w/Spartak Moskva (KHL) 5/5)
Matt Corrente (signed w/Carolina 7/10)
Stefan Stepanov (signed w/ Atlant Mytishchi (KHL) 7/12)
Steve Zalewski (signed w/Lukko (SM-liiga) 7/18)
Phil DeSimone (signed w/Jokerit (SM-liiga) 8/20)
Jeff Frazee (signed w/Valpellice (Italy) 8/23)

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2013 Player Tracker (as of 8/1/13)

Welcome to the second free agent scorecard of the offseason. After a busy early part of July, things have gone back to the usual quiet. Well, down here anyway. Things should be picking up soon on here, with the schedule on its way in (hopefully) a couple of weeks. And hopefully more transactions? (cough, Henrique, cough)

Signed for 2013-14:

Eric Gelinas
Alexander Urbom
Reid Boucher
Scott Wedgewood
Brandon Burlon
David Wohlberg
Seth Helgeson
Maxime Clermont
Harry Young
Joe Whitney
Mattias Tedenby
Darcy Zajac
Tim Sestito
Riley Boychuk (acquired from BUF 7/7)
Rod Pelley (signed from NOR 7/8)
Mike Hoeffel
Cam Janssen
Harri Pesonen
Raman Hrabarenka
Jacob Josefson
Keith Kinkaid
Mike Sislo

Restricted Free Agent (all tendered qualifying offers):

Dan Kelly

Unrestricted Free Agent:

Jeff Frazee
Jay Leach
Chad Wiseman
Corbin McPherson
Chris McKelvie
Kelly Zajac
Phil DeSimone
J.S. Berube

Moving On:

Matt Anderson (signed w/Spartak Moskva (KHL) 5/5)
Matt Corrente (signed w/Carolina 7/10)
Stefan Stepanov (signed w/ Atlant Mytishchi (KHL) 7/12)
Steve Zalewski (signed w/Lukko (SM-liiga) 7/18)

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And More Signings…(UPDATED)

Normally, at this time of year, I’m usually reading up on how other teams around the Eastern Conference are loading up their rosters with new players, while here? *cue crickets chirping*

Well, I won’t be complaining about that anymore. Actually writing here for the fourth day in a row! Anyway, now to catch up on the latest:

-Yesterday afternoon the Devils shipped defenseman Henrik Tallinder to Buffalo in exchange for forward Riley Boychuk in an effort to clear some space under the cap. Boychuk is a 2010 7th rounder who spent all of last season with the CHL’s Fort Worth Brahmas, where in 41 games he posted 17 points (8 G, 9 A). He has a little AHL experience, appearing in 26 games with Rochester during the 2011-12 season.

-Earlier today, the Devils welcomed back another former member of the organization, signing forward Rod Pelley to a one year two way deal. He spent last season in Norfolk, posting 3 goals and 7 assists in 60 games after joining the team during the tail end of the lockout. Before that, he played 5+ seasons in the Devils organization, becoming a regular in New Jersey during the 2009-10 season after bouncing back and forth between the big club and Lowell (remember there?). He was dealt to Anaheim along with Mark Fraser in December 2011 for Kurtis Foster and Timo Pielmeier. Fun fact: if not for some visa paperwork issues back in 2006, he could have been one of the last Devil River Rats. I actually remember meeting him briefly in March that year, just after he finished his final year at Ohio State. He was supposed to play with the Rats on an ATO agreement, but due to those issues he never got a chance to suit up. But as a consolation prize, I did get to see Stephen Gionta and Travis Zajac make their debuts about a month later.

-And finally, per a tweet from Fire and Ice, restricted free agent Mike Hoeffel has re-signed, no terms disclosed. That leaves 6 RFAs that still need a new contract (cough, Henrique, cough).

UPDATE (7/9): Just as I hit publish for this entry, yet another re-signing by New Jersey: Cam Janssen is back for one more season, signing a two way contract. I would not be surprised if he were to return to Albany with Krys Barch still on New Jersey’s roster.

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Keeping It In The Family…

It’s the start of Day 3 of free agency. And there’s two actual signings to talk about! Both were rumored yesterday, but became official overnight.

-First, a well deserved new deal for Darcy Zajac, as he has been signed to a two year NHL entry level contract. The second oldest of the four Zajac brothers, he has spent all but 2 games in the Devils organization (outside of an ATO stint with Adirondack in 2010) while on two separate AHL only deals. Last season he appeared in 67 games, posting 9 goals and 8 assists. So that’s two Zajacs down, one to go…Kelly, you’re next. (Nolan is still at least two years away yet.)

-And the #ENERGY jokes stick around! Also awarded a new 2 year contract is Tim Sestito, who has spent the last four seasons bouncing up and down in the Devils organization after coming over from the Oilers. He appeared in 67 games for Albany posting 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) and a team leading 106 penalty minutes (most coming via the Sestito Penalty, when he tacks on an extra 10 minutes for opening his mouth when there’s a bad call). He also made 6 appearances in New Jersey without getting on the scoresheet.

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2013 Player Tracker (as of 7/6/13)

A day after the official start of free agency, but here is the first signing list of the summer:

Signed for 2013-14:

Eric Gelinas
Alexander Urbom
Reid Boucher
Scott Wedgewood
Brandon Burlon
David Wohlberg
Seth Helgeson
Maxime Clermont
Harry Young
Joe Whitney
Mattias Tedenby

Restricted Free Agent (all tendered qualifying offers):

Jacob Josefson
Mike Sislo
Harri Pesonen
Keith Kinkaid
Mike Hoeffel
Dan Kelly

Unrestricted Free Agent:

Cam Janssen
Tim Sestito
Steve Zalewski
Jeff Frazee
Jay Leach
Matt Corrente
Chad Wiseman
Corbin McPherson
Chris McKelvie
Darcy Zajac
Kelly Zajac
Stefan Stepanov
Raman Hrabarenka
Phil DeSimone
J.S. Berube

Moving On:

Matt Anderson (signed w/Spartak Moskva (KHL) 5/5)

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2012 Player Tracker (updated 9/1)

We have reached Labor Day weekend…and the final player tracker of the summer. Still not a lot of changes. With a possible lockout looming in 2 weeks, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens to the roster as we get close to AHL camps opening towards the end of the month.

Signed for 2012-13:

Keith Kinkaid
Mattias Tedenby
Brandon Burlon
Mike Hoeffel
Eric Gelinas
Alexander Urbom
Mike Sislo
Dan Kelly
David Wohlberg
Maxime Clermont
Harry Young
J.S. Berube
Chad Wiseman
Steve Zalewski
Jeff Frazee
Matt Anderson
Scott Wedgewood
Kelly Zajac
Harri Pesonen
Stephen Gionta
Peter Harrold
Jay Leach
Tim Sestito
Alexandre Carrier
Matt Corrente
Phil DeSimone
Bobby Butler

Unrestricted Free Agents:

Brad Mills
Joe Whitney
Darcy Zajac
Mike Banwell
Bryan Haczyk
Myles Stoesz
Kory Nagy

Moving On:

Nathan Perkovich (signed in Austria 5/11)
Timo Pielmeier (signed in Germany 6/1)
Vladimir Zharkov(signed in Russia 7/2)
Matt Taormina (signed with Tampa Bay 7/6)

Sources: CapGeek, Elite Prospects

Of course, as always, if I missed anyone leave a note in the comments and I will update as needed.

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The Butler Did Do It.

(sorry, I had to go there.)

Finally some news comes in as we get ever closer to fall (but not close enough for me…go away humidity!), as earlier today a story running rampant on my Twitter feed just became official a couple of hours ago. New Jersey has signed forward Bobby Butler to a 1 year, 2 way deal. He spent the last two seasons with Ottawa, putting up 16 points (6 G, 10 A) in 56 games before being bought out on July 27th. He was a key member of Binghamton’s 2010-11 Calder Cup Championship squad, scoring 27 points (13 G, 14 A) in 23 playoff games, and putting up another 22 goals in 47 regular season AHL games. He also scored 10 goals in 36 games with Ottawa. Before signing with Ottawa in March 2010, he spent four years at the University of New Hampshire, where he put up some steady offensive numbers, including a breakout senior season with 29 goals in 39 games. He will be reunited in Devils camp with former Wildcats Mike Sislo and Phil DeSimone. He does have a shot at cracking the lineup in New Jersey, but if he were to come to Albany…this could be a big boost for the offense.

And now from the In Case You Missed It Department:

-We do know at least one Albany preseason game date: the Devils will travel to Binghamton on Saturday, October 6th to take on the Senators. Still waiting for the obligatory Phantom slugfest in Glens Falls to be announced.

-While I was stuck at work Tuesday night, the AHL put on a #AskTheAHL Twitter chat with fans. The biggest piece of news to come out of that? The 2012-13 schedule is due to be out within the next two weeks. And no schedule matrices (translation: list of opponents) will be released before then. There’s one extra breakdown of the schedule I’ll have to figure out.

-Earlier this week, Tom from In Lou We Trust took a look at how Albany’s offense may look this season with the loss of several key players.

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2012 Player Tracker (updated 8/1)

One month into free agency, here’s the updated list. Not many changes…

Signed for 2012-13:

Keith Kinkaid
Mattias Tedenby
Brandon Burlon
Mike Hoeffel
Eric Gelinas
Alexander Urbom
Mike Sislo
Dan Kelly
David Wohlberg
Maxime Clermont
Harry Young
J.S. Berube
Chad Wiseman
Steve Zalewski
Jeff Frazee
Matt Anderson
Kelly Zajac
Harri Pesonen
Stephen Gionta
Peter Harrold
Jay Leach
Tim Sestito
Alexandre Carrier
Matt Corrente
Phil DeSimone

Unrestricted Free Agents:

Brad Mills
Joe Whitney
Darcy Zajac
Mike Banwell
Bryan Haczyk
Myles Stoesz
Kory Nagy

Moving On:

Nathan Perkovich (signed in Austria 5/11)
Timo Pielmeier (signed in Germany 6/1)
Vladimir Zharkov(signed in Russia 7/2)
Matt Taormina (signed with Tampa Bay 7/6)

Sources: CapGeek, Elite Prospects

As always, if I missed anyone leave a note in the comments and I will update as necessary.

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Finally, an Update!

I was hoping during my vacation week some news would break. Sure enough, today it finally did. Earlier this afternoon New Jersey announced the signings of three players: restricted free agent Matt Corrente to a 1 year deal, and forwards Alexandre Carrier and Phil DeSimone to AHL contracts.

Corrente is coming off another injury plagued season, only appearing in 39 games with Albany, registering 8 points and 73 penalty minutes. With the log jam of defensemen both in New Jersey and in Albany, one would think this is probably the former first rounder’s last chance to make an impression in the organization. He will need to stay healthy though…he hasn’t played more than 65 games in a season since his rookie year in Lowell back in ’08-’09.

Carrier comes to the Devils via EC Salzburg of the Austrian League (teammate of former Devil Rob Davison), where he posted 28 points in 39 games, along with a staggering 195 penalty minutes. He seems to be a fourth line type forward who obviously is not afraid to fight when needed, which fits in the mold of a Sestito or Darcy Zajac type (just going by stats here), sounding like another energy providing type player for the organization (ironically the team logo features the Red Bull logo…). You can give him a follow on Twitter at @alexcarrier12.*

DeSimone was one of the nine rookie camp invites by New Jersey last week, and apparently he has impressed his way into a contract. He spent last season in Hamilton, posting 33 points (with 14 goals) in 76 games. He is a former third round draft pick of the Capitals, and played collegiately at New Hampshire (teammates with current Devil Mike Sislo).

*for now.

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Let’s Go Camping!

This week it’s New Jersey’s turn to hold the annual rookie development camp, as several NHL teams did last week. Starting tomorrow at 9 AM, a total of 36 players will be in attendance, some familiar faces and some new to the organization. Per the Devils PR, here’s the complete list:

Goaltenders:

Keith Kinkaid
Maxime Clermont
Scott Wedgewood
Chris Rawlings

Defensemen:

Seth Helgeson
Jon Merrill
Joe Faust
Eric Gelinas
Brandon Burlon
Dan Kelly
Harry Young
Corbin McPherson
Reece Scarlett
Matt Killian
Damon Severson

Forwards:

Stefan Matteau
Peter McMullen
Mike Hoeffel
Ben Thomson
Reid Boucher
J.T. Barnett
J.S. Berube
Marcello Ranallo
Kelly Zajac
David Wohlberg
Graham Black
Darcy Zajac
Ben Johnson
Blake Coleman
Mike Sislo
Joe Whitney
David Friedmann
Bryan Haczyk
Kevin Goumas
Jack Berger
Michael Ambrosia

Breaking down the roster:

-16 players spent at least one game in an Albany uniform.

-5 are 2012 draft picks, including first rounder Stefan Matteau.

-9 are unsigned/undrafted invitees, including 2nd year participant Peter McMullen, grandson of former Devils owner John McMullen. Fire and Ice has more background info on those players.

Also worth noting: Joe Whitney and Darcy Zajac, both AHL free agents, are on the list. That’s a good sign of a possible return this season for both.

New Jersey’s PR Twitter account (@NHLDevilsPR) will be covering the camp all week.

While you’re waiting, check out the latest podcast at Talking Red. Prospect talk and their take on the whole Cam Janssen situation.

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