Jon Merrill does not want to play in the minors

On Monday, Jon Merill decided to return to Michigan for his junior year.

The major factor in his decision to return to college may have been that Merrill would have to play in the minors, something that he does not want to do.

Michigan head coach Red Berenson said, “He wants to be competing for an NHL job when he does. He doesn’t want to be playing in the minors.”

The Devils have eight defenseman signed for the 2012-2013 season. Adam Larsson is the only defenseman who has a two-way contract.

Jon Merrill is returning to Michigan

Devils prospect Jon Merrill will return to Michigan to complete his junior year instead of turning pro, according to reports.

Michigan head coach Red Berenson said,”Johnny talked with me this morning and indicated he’ll be coming back.”

Merrill missed the first half of last season due to a suspension and finished with two goals and 11 points in 19 games, with a plus-minus rating of 11.

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Adam K: It’s the right move for Merrill. He’s still very young and has time. He’s going to be a special player after watching him at development camp. If he’d  decided to turn pro now, he would definitely spend the season at Albany.

Mark Fayne should be ready for season opener

Devils defenseman Mark Fayne told Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice that he’ll be ready for the team’s October 12 regular season opener against the Washington Capitals.

Fayne told Gulitti, “I’ll be 100 percent before October.”

Fayne underwent surgery on June 22 on his left wrist.

Merrill still undecided

According to Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that prospect Jon Merrill has not made a desicion yet on whether he’ll be going back to college or turn professional.

Merrill said he’ll make a desicion after development camp ends. Camp ended last Friday.

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Adam K: I think Merrill should go back to college for another year. The Devils have eight NHL defenseman signed, so a jump into the big league this season is out of the equation. Plus, the Devils have a long list of depth in Albany with Alexander Urbom and Eric Gelinas.

The Devils are still interested in Sykora

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice that the team is still interested in re-signing Petr Sykora.

In his comeback season in the NHL, Sykora played all 82 games, scoring 44 points (21 goals, 23 assists) and had six game-winning goals.

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Adam K: There’s no reason why the Devils should not re-sign Sykora to at least a one-year deal. With the loss of Parise and Ponikarovsky, the Devils are in need of wingers. There’s one more decent winger left on the free agency block — Andrei Kostitsyn. But as of right now, it looks like the Devils are not interested in making any free agent splashes.

Devils re-sign Matt Corrente; add two to AHL

According to Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice, Matt Corrente has re-signed with the Devils to a one-year, two-way contract, worth $525,000.

Cerrente played 39 games with Albany last season, picking up 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists).  He missed half of the season with a leg injury.

The Devils have also signed RW Alexandre Carrier and C Phil DeSimone to AHL contracts.

Carrier played in Austria last season. In 10 games with EC Salzburg, he scored two goals and added one assist.

As for DeSimone, he was on the Devils development camp roster. Last season, he played for Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. In 76 games, he scored 14 goals and added 19 assists.

Alexander Semin signs with Hurricanes

According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Alexander Semin signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

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In my opinion, the Devils were never going after Semin. It was just a rumor made up by the fans.