Report: Devils sign Pelley, add depth

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The New Jersey Devils added depth for their American Hockey League affiliate in Albany this week.

According to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record, the Devils have signed veteran center Rod Pelley to a one-year, two-way contract. Pelley spent last season with Albany where he scored 13 goals and 20 points in 74 games.

The 29-year-old last played in the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2011-12 season where he scored two goals and three points in 45 games.

Additionally, Gulitti reports New Jersey has signed restricted free agent forward David Wohlberg to an AHL deal with Albany.

Wohlberg, a 24-year-old center, has spent the past three seasons in the AHL with the Devils scoring 10 goals and 22 points in 104 games.

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Rod Pelley signs with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate

For the second time this week, a veteran NHLer has inked a deal in the American League.

Rod Pelley — who split last season between Anaheim and New Jersey — has signed a professional tryout contract with the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s new AHL affiliate.

Norfolk had previously played under the Tampa Bay Lightning’s organizational umbrella, but began a new affiliation with the Ducks for 2012-13.

Pelley, 28, was traded from New Jersey to Anaheim in mid-December last season. He went on to appear in 45 games for the Ducks, registering 2G-1A-3PTS while averaging eight minutes a game.

A native of British Columbia, Pelley has been skating with various members of the Vancouver Canucks during the lockout and also participated in Bieksa’s Buddies, an exhibition game at the University of British Columbia that raised $200,000 for local charity.

As mentioned above, Pelley — who’s played over 250 NHl games — wasn’t the only veteran NHLer to sign an AHL PTO this week. Defenseman Mike Commodore agreed to terms on Thursday with the Hamilton Bulldogs, an affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.

Jets, Ducks make minor trade

The Winnipeg Jets have once again swapped minor-league forwards — but this time, it’s with the Anaheim Ducks.

Winnipeg has sent center Riley Holzapfel to Anaheim in exchange for Maxime Macenauer, who appeared in 29 games this season for the Ducks.

Holzapfel, 23, was taken by Atlanta in the second round of the 2006 draft, one spot ahead of Toronto’s Nikolai Kulemin (and seven spots ahead of Boston’s Milan Lucic.) He had 15 points in 29 games with AHL St. John’s this year and has yet to play an NHL contest.

Macenauer, also 23, was taken in the third round of the 2007 draft (the one where Dallas’ Jamie Benn inexplicably fell to the fifth round.) He captured Anaheim’s fourth-line center gig after a stellar training camp and preseason, emerging as an effective penalty-killer, but was deemed expendable after Anaheim acquired Rod Pelley.

As mentioned above, this is just the latest move Winnipeg’s made involving its farmhands — two weeks ago, the Jets sent forward Akim Aliu to Calgary in exchange for John Negrin.

PHT Morning Skate: Where the Sharks’ holiday video continues to own

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Taylor Hall is champing at the bit to get back into action. (Edmonton Journal)

Kevin Dineen thought the Devils were interfering all night. The Devils? Interfering? That’s outrageous! (Sun-Sentinel)

Jaromir Jagr is excited by the Flyers’ toughness. Their mental toughness that is. (Broad Street Bull)

Patrick Kane is ready to show off the other side of Patrick Kane with the NHL’s new series, “NHL 36.” (NHL)

Rod Pelley is very excited to join the Ducks and play for a different organization for the first time. (OC Register)

Henrik Tallinder was injured thanks to a slash from Brian Campbell. (Star-Ledger)

Brian Elliott’s career has been a roller coaster ride for the Blues’ standout goalie. (Post-Dispatch)

Finally, the San Jose Sharks’ annual holiday video does not disappoint. This time, see your favorite Sharks stars play the role of Home Shopping Network hosts. They’re truly fabulous. (YouTube)

Foster goes to New Jersey in four-player trade


The Anaheim Ducks have sent defenseman Kurtis Foster and goalie Timo Pielmierer to the New Jersey Devils for forwards Rod Pelley and defenseman Mark Fraser. Also headed to Anaheim is a seventh-round pick in 2012.

The biggest name in the deal is Foster, who the Devils are hoping will help one of the worst power plays in the NHL.

“He’s a right-handed shot and really a power play specialist,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said, as per the Star-Ledger. “His shot is what intrigues you. Also, he played under Jacques Lemaire in Minnesota and he was in Tampa Bay when Adam Oates was here.

“There were power play people ahead of him. He hasn’t played much this year but we know enough about him. We were looking for someone who can handle the puck and the point.”