DeBoer: ‘I’m real excited about the upcoming year’

Devils’ Head Coach Pete DeBoer spoke to The Record on Wednesday about how he feels about the team heading into the 2014-2015 season (Gulitti, July 8). He discussed how the success of other nearby teams influences their mindset. 

“The key is to recognize what separated you from the Rangers of this year and to try and close that gap and fix that,” he said.

DeBoer talked logistics, too. Coaches will meet during the team’s rookie camp and continue to work towards the season after that.

He also went into detail about personnel, including the additions of Mike Cammalleri and Martin Havlat, as well as the development of goalie Cory Schneider and his new role as the starter.

“This guy more than anybody in the organization and maybe in the league deserves that opportunity,” he said. “He’s waited for the opportunity. He’s done all the right things. I’m really looking forward the level he can get to playing 60, 65 games.”

On Brodeur’s departure, DeBoer said, “It’s tough to close that chapter.”

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Rumor: Schneider’s next deal may be for 7-years, $6 million per season

Goalie Cory Schneider‘s next contract could be $6 million per season over seven years, according to Greg Wyshynski (Yahoo Sports, July 7).

Schneider will be eligible for free agency after this season. The organization’s future is built around his goaltending and they’ll want him as their centerpiece to usher in the  post-Brodeur era, Wyshynski said.

If Schneider signs such a deal, his per-season money would eclipse the yearly salary of his predecessor.

Brodeur might fit in Columbus

Martin Brodeur won’t be back on the Devils next year, but where will he end up?

Columbus is an option, writes Larry Brooks (NY Post, July 5).

With Sergei Bobrovsky entrenched as the starter, there will be no question that Brodeur would be the backup.

Brooks also suggests Brodeur could serve as the backup in Pittsburgh, behind Marc-Andre Fleury.

Stephen Gionta signs two-year deal

The Devils signed Stephen Gionta to a two-year, one-way deal (Gulitti, July 1).

“He’s like the 6th player on a basketball team. He plays any role,” GM Lou Lamoriello said (Chere, July 1).

Gionta played in 66 games for the Devils last season, scoring four goals and adding 11 assists.

Scott Clemmensen signs two-way deal

Scott Clemmensen has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Devils (Gulitti, July 1).

He played in the Florida Panthers organization last year, appearing in 17 games and putting up an .896 save percentage.

Clemmensen was in the Devils organization from 2001-2009.

Devils re-sign Steve Bernier

The Devils have re-signed Steve Bernier for one year and $600,000 (Gulitti, July 1).

Bernier appeared in 78 games for the Devils last season, tallying 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists), with a -15 +/- and 33 penalty minutes.

Bernier has been with the Devils since 2011.

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Devils sign Mike Cammalleri to five-year deal

The Devils have signed LW Mike Cammalleri to a five-year deal worth $25 million (Dreger, July 1).

The Devils attempted to trade for Cammalleri during last season’s trade deadline, but were unsuccessful.

Cammalleri, 32, spent the last three seasons with Calgary.

Last season for the Flames, Cammalleri had 26 goals and 19 assists in 63 games played.