Defenseman Eric Gelinas will replace Jon Merrill tonight when the New Jersey Devils play host to the St. Louis Blues.
Merrill, who has appeared in all 11 games for New Jersey this season scoring a goal and three assists, is nursing an unspecified injury according to Rich Chere of the Star Ledger.
Gelinas has a goal and three assists in eight games this season – he has sat out the previous two games.
Steve Bernier will make his regular season debut on the Devils fourth line tonight alongside Tuomo Ruutu and Stephen Gionta. Bernier was recalled from the Albany Devils on Monday.
In nine American Hockey League games this season, the 29-year-old has a goal and four assists.
Defenseman Mark Fraser is going back to where his career began.
The 28-year-old has signed an American Hockey League contract with the Albany Devils the club announced Sunday.
Fraser, who most recently spent the 2013-14 season split with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, was the New Jersey Devils third-round selection (84th overall) at the 2005 NHL Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 220 pound blue liner turned pro with the Lowell Devils in 2006-07 and appeared in 98 games with New Jersey between the 2006-2011 seasons.
In 185 career NHL games, Fraser has four goals, 14 assists, 247 penalty minutes a plus-5 rating.
Fraser has played in 308 career AHL games with Lowell, Albany, Syracuse and Toronto.
According to CapGeek, the New Jersey Devils have inked defenseman Dan Kelly to a two-year, two-way contract worth $1.1 million.
Kelly, 25, has spent the past four seasons with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League where he tallied 17 points in 71 games to go along with a plus-14 rating in 2013-14.
In total, Kelly has appeared in 233 games with Albany scoring nine goals and 38 points.
The undrafted blue liner will make $90, 000 at the AHL level in 2014-15 while his NHL deal is worth $550,000 for the upcoming season.
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