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Eric Gelinas, Peter Harrold, Jon Merrill

Devils ink d-man Gelinas to ‘nice little bridge deal’ — two years, $3.15M


New Jersey has re-upped with one of its brightest blueline prospects, signing Eric Gelinas to a two-year contract extension worth $3.15 million.

Gelinas will be paid $1.5M in the first year and $1.65M in the second, per CBC. The deal carries an average annual cap hit of $1.575 million.

“They were talking for a while, so I was just waiting for my agent to give me some news and they told me today that they agreed on the terms,” Gelinas said, per NorthJersey.com. “Obviously, I’m more comfortable with a  two-year deal. It’s a nice little bridge deal. I’m really happy to have agreed before arbitration also. I’m really happy with the deal.”

The two sides were scheduled to go to arbitration on July 21.

Gelinas, 24, is coming off his first two full seasons with the Devils — in ’13-14, he enjoyed a solid rookie campaign by scoring seven goals and 29 points in 60 games; last year, his production dipped slightly (six goals and 19 points) in 61 contests.

Gelinas also fell on some tough times.

He was parked as a healthy scratch for a six-game stretch in February amid concerns about his defensive awareness, the second time such concerns had been raised. Previously, in December, Gelinas was made a healthy scratch for two games.

“What young players, especially young defensemen, have to understand is if you create three chances and give up three, we’re not further ahead,” then-head coach Peter DeBoer said of Gelinas’ struggles, per the Bergen Record. “We always talk about having a positive impact on the game. [If] you’re creating one chance and giving up none, that’s a positive impact.

“If you’re creating five and giving up five, we’re no further ahead and that’s the battle for young defensemen and offensive players.”

NHL releases arbitration dates

Derek Stepan

Per the players’ union, a quick look at the players (and teams) that have elected arbitration, and what dates they’re scheduled for. Italicized names with asterisks means deals have already been reached, nullifying the need for a hearing.


Arizona Coyotes
Mikkel Boedker * (signed one-year, $3.75M deal)
Phil Samuelsson – July 21, 2015
Brendan Shinnimin- July 20, 2015

Buffalo Sabres
Phil Varone* (signed one-year, $600,000 deal)

Calgary Flames
Lance Bouma – July 22, 2015
Paul Byron – July 30, 2015
Josh Jooris – July 28, 2015

Colorado Avalanche
Andrew Agozzino – July 20, 2015
Mathew Clark – July 22, 2015

Detroit Red Wings
Gustav Nyquist * (signed four-year, $19M deal)

Minnesota Wild
Erik Haula – July 31, 2015

Nashville Predators
Craig Smith – July 20, 2015
Colin Wilson – July 28, 2015

New Jersey Devils
Eric Gélinas – July 21, 2015
Adam Larsson – July 29, 2015

New York Rangers
Derek Stepan – July 27, 2015

Ottawa Senators
Alex Chiasson – July 23, 2015
Mike Hoffman – July 30, 2015

Philadelphia Flyers
Michael Del Zotto – July 21, 2015

St. Louis Blues
Magnus Paajarvi *  (signed one-year, $700,000 deal)

Toronto Maple Leafs
Taylor Beck – July 24, 2015

Washington Capitals
Braden Holtby – July 23, 2015
Marcus Johansson – July 29, 2015


Edmonton Oilers
Justin Schultz – July 24, 2015

Toronto Maple Leafs
Jonathan Bernier – July 31, 2015

Fired Devils scout denies any clash with Shero

Ray Shero

Fired last week after 22 seasons as the New Jersey Devils’ director of scouting, David Conte says he respects the decision by new general manager Ray Shero.

“I respect it,” Conte told NJ Advance Media. “They’re doing what they were supposed to do and that’s operating in the best interest of the franchise.”

Conte was asked if he’d clashed with Shero.

“No, I don’t think so,” Conte said. “Nothing more than I would’ve had with [former GM Lou Lamoriello], whether we should trade this pick or not trade it. That’s not a clash. That’s just a disagreement.”

With the exception of Adam Henrique, the Devils have not seen many of their recent draft picks turn into above-average NHLers. Though part of that can be explained by a lack of high first-round picks, and while the Devils do have some promising young players, Shero felt a change was necessary regardless.

“David and I have had numerous discussions regarding his future,” Shero said last week in a release. “Based on our conversations, I believe it is in the best interests of our organization for David to pursue other opportunities and to not renew his contract.”

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