Kalinin, 25, played in 43 games this year, scoring two goals and four points while averaging just under 13 minutes per night. That included 12:03 in the Devils’ last game, a 3-0 home loss to Ottawa on Thursday.
It’s fair to suggest New Jersey brass was looking for more from Kalinin in his second NHL season, considering he had reasonable success in is first. He appeared in 78 games last year — scoring eight goals and 15 points — and was rewarded with a one-year, $800,000 extension in July.
Per NJ.com, today’s move could open up a spot at center for either Joseph Blandisi or Blake Coleman. Coleman, New Jersey’s third-round pick in 2011, has enjoyed a good year in AHL Albany with 17 goals and 32 points through 44 games.