Devils among top bounce back candidates
July, 31, 2014
By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider
Andy Marlin/NHLI/Getty Images)With Cory Schneider the unquestioned starting goalie, the Devils' save percentage should improve.The New Jersey Devils are so inclined to keep information in house that they didn’t reveal how many years Andy Greene's contract extension was for during the announcement of his deal being signed on Wednesday.
Contrast that against the Ottawa Senators, who announced the news of Robin Lehner's contract extension on Twitter (three years, $2.25 AAV) Thursday morning, while giving the details of each individual year’s salary.
Devils team president and GM Lou Lamoriello remains old-school. Naturally, when he was asked about any other roster changes between now and training camp, he wasn’t exactly giving up the blueprint.
He’s already been active this summer. He landed Mike Cammalleri to provide goal-scoring that was missing last season. He took a low-risk shot on Martin Havlat, with a one-year deal worth just $1.5 million. They’re two players who should help boost an offense that was strong possession-wise (52.6 percent Corsi for) but not so strong when it came to actually scoring goals (2.4 goals per game, No. 27 in the NHL).
“We acquired in my mind one absolutely pure goal-scorer. He’s scored everywhere he’s been,” Lamoriello said during a media conference call Wednesday. “Then we took what we might call a very upside risk on a player who has tremendous talent.”
Factor in long-term deals for arguably their two most important players in Cory Schneider and Andy Greene, and it’s been a productive offseason. What’s left?
“Changes can always take place,” Lamoriello said, which is about the extent of any information you’re getting from him.
He did confirm the thought process going into this offseason. The Devils might have been one of the unluckiest teams in hockey last season.