Defenseman Sami Vatanen re-signs with New Jersey Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have actually re-signed defenseman Sami Vatanen less than a year after trading him to Carolina.

The Devils revealed Thursday that the totally free representative was offered a one-year, $2 million agreement.

”He’s extremely competitive,” coach Lindy Ruff stated after practice. ”He’s another veteran we can put inside our dressing space who understands how to play the video game properly.”

The Devils lacked goaltender Corey Crawford for the 4th successive day. The 36-year-old was released on Monday and Tuesday for what the group called ”upkeep” and got individual days on Wednesday and Thursday.

Ruff would not reveal the factor Crawford required time off. The long time Chicago Blackhawk just recently signed a two-year agreement with the Devils as a totally free representative.

Vatanen formerly played parts of 3 seasons with the Devils (2017-20). In 154 video games with New Jersey, he scored 12 objectives and 56 helps for 68 points while including 76 charge minutes. He had 5 objectives and 18 helps in 47 video games prior to being dealt to the Hurricanes at the trade due date.

New Jersey got forward Janne Kuokkanen, defenseman Fredrik Claesson and a draft choice, who ended up being goaltender Nico Daws. Vatanen had 3 helps in 7 championship game with the Hurricanes.

Vatanen has actually played in 434 profession video games with New Jersey and Anaheim. He was at first obtained by the Devils from the Anaheim.

The local of Finland was Anaheim’s 5th choice (4th round) and the 106th general option in the 2009 NHL draft. He remained in the very same Anaheim draft class as present Devils extreme right Kyle Palmieri.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.