Hedberg might be back with Devils — just not on the ice

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Many figured the Devils’ acquisition of Cory Schneider would bump Johan Hedberg out of the picture.

Well, that’s true — but not entirely.

The veteran netminder reportedly has as standing offer to join the organization in an unspecified position, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

It’s something the 40-year-old is considering.

“We’ve been talking about different things,” Hedberg explained. “Nothing is concrete. I’m still going to hang around the team. Not playing. It’s a great organization.”

The move would remain consistent with GM Lou Lamoriello’s trend of keeping the Devils family close.

There are three ex-Devils on the coaching staff (Scott Stevens, Chris Terreri, Dave Barr); former bench boss Jacques Lemaire still works as a special assignment coach; former defenseman Tommy Albelin is an assistant with AHL Albany and ex-forward Sergei Brylin is working in a special assignment/scout role.

Hedberg could soon be the latest Devil to stick with New Jersey after his playing days are done.

“[No playing options] as of today,” he said. “There were some teams interested. I didn’t feel like breaking up the family again and moving away. I needed some time to think. I’m still not done with that process.

“For now we’re going to stay put.”