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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
The Devils have signed RW Martin Havlat to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million (Chere, July 1).
Havlat, 33, was recently bought out by San Jose.
Havlat had 12 goals and 10 assists in 48 games for the Sharks last season.
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.
Unrestricted free agent defenseman Mark Fayne has signed a four-year deal with Edmonton (Team release, July 1).
Fayne’s deal with Edmonton is worth $14 million (Chere, July 1).
It was expected that Fayne would leave the Devils.
Lou Lamoriello hinted five days ago that the club wouldn’t go all-out to re-sign Fayne.
Fayne, 27, had his best year with the Devils in 2011-12, when he played in all 82 games while scoring four goals and tallying 13 assists.