Mar 23, 2015; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson (5) skates with the puck during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Larsson and Gelinas file for arbitration

Devils defensemen Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas filed for salary arbitration on Sunday before the league deadline (July 6).

Both Larsson, 22, and Gelinas, 24, were on one-year, $900,000 contracts last season.

GM Ray Shero said last week the team will make moves in consideration of the long-term future (June 30).

“If we go the route of a trade or a one-year contract, it will be to try and get value out of that player,” Shero said. “We’ll be looking for what makes sense for the short-term and moving forward, and try to combine both.”

Larsson, 22, scored three goals and 21 assists, while Gelinas scored six goals and recorded 13 assists last season for the Devils.


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Devils sign Jim O’Brien to one-year, two-way deal

The Devils have signed forward Jim O’Brien to a one-year, two-way deal, the team announced (July 1).

Devils GM Ray Shero said he expects O’Brien to compete for a spot as a center on the fourth line this coming season (July 1).

O’Brien, 26, spent the 2014-15 season with the Hershey Bears of the AHL.

For the Bears last season, O’Brien had 10 goals and 19 assists to go along with 26 penalty minutes in 32 regular season games.

O’Brien has appeared in 63 regular season NHL games during his career, all with Ottawa between 2010 and 2013.


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Devils sign Thompson to two-year, two-way deal

The Devils have signed forward Paul Thompson to a two-year, two-way deal, the team announced.

The AAV of the deal is $575,000, the team said.

Thompson, 26, set a new franchise record and finished second (tie) in the American Hockey League with 33 goals in 73 games for Albany last season; he entered 2014-15 with 39 goals in 200 AHL contests. Thompson ranked second in the AHL with 13 power-play tallies and was fifth with 237 shots on goal.

The 6-1, 205-lb. forward’s four-year professional career also includes three seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) under new Devils’ Head Coach John Hynes, as well as stints with Springfield (AHL) and Wheeling (ECHL). He signed with Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent on March 28, 2011.


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Devils sign forward Blake Coleman to entry-level deal

The Devils have signed forward Blake Coleman to a two-year, entry-level contract, Devils GM Ray Shero announced Wednesday (July 1).

The No. 75 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft just finished his senior season at Miami University of Ohio, where he tallied 20 goals and 37 points in 37 games played. He finished his time in the NCAA with 107 points in 143 games.

Coleman was the 2011 USHL Player of the Year for his 92-point campaign with the Indiana Ice.


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Apr 7, 2015; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Arizona Coyotes defenseman John Moore (17) skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Devils, John Moore agree to 3-year contract

The Devils have signed defenseman John Moore for three years at an average annual value of $1.6 million, Bob McKenzie reports (July 1).

Moore, who was a restricted free agent, was not given a qualifying offer from the Arizona Coyotes. Moore had 11 points in 57 games between the Coyotes and Rangers last year.

Moore previously spent two and a half year with the Rangers before getting traded to Arizona in the Keith Yandle trade. He has 40 career points and a minus-16 rating in 230 NHL games.


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Shero weighs in on the Devils’ offseason agenda

NHL free agency begins at noon on Wednesday, but Devils GM Ray Shero said the club might not make an immediate splash (June 30).

Shero, who wouldn’t say which players the team is targeting, noted that any moves that are made will not be with just next season in mind.

“If we go the route of a trade or a one-year contract, it will be to try and get value out of that player,” Shero said. “We’ll be looking for what makes sense for the short-term and moving forward, and try to combine both.”

While Shero wouldn’t reveal specific targets, he said the Devils would eventually bring in a third goalie, would look to get younger, and would try to bolster the team up front.

“Certainly up front we’ll wait and see if there is something (available),” Shero said. “I’m not sure it’s going to be on day one of not. If not, maybe it will be over the course of a week or two months. I also think it’s important to take a look at some guys that are maybe Group 6 who can provide some competition.”


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