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Devils re-sign vaunted fourth line

Jun 29, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

Devils 4th line

The New Jersey Devils have retained a key part of their Stanley Cup finals run.

Today, the club announced the signings of Cam Janssen, Peter Harrold, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier — the latter three comprising New Jersey’s stellar fourth line from last year’s playoffs.

It’s a nice bit of news for a trio that wasn’t even with the Devils to start the season. Gionta and Bernier spent a chunk of the season in AHL Albany (Bernier went into Devils camp on a tryout) and Carter was snagged off waivers from Florida.

Yet by season’s end, the line combined for 21 points in 24 playoff games with a plus-11 rating.

While not all financial terms were released, Renaud Lavioe of RDS reports Bernier’s is a two-year, $1.5 million deal. Tom Gulitti says Gionta received a two-year deal (one-way the first year, two-way the second) while Rich Chere tweets Carter’s new deal is two years, $1.55 million.

  1. martysbetter - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Congrats to Stephen Gionta on the one-way contract – hard pays off.

    • martysbetter - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      hard work*

  2. noreasony - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Totally agree martysbetter, he is the type of player I want on my team, like another parise

  3. DED - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    I guess Bernier isn’t going to be blamed for Game 6 after all. That’s pretty decent of Lou.

  4. ajwarhol22mn - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:13 AM

    Ya carter, better upgrade that Lund and start going to lake Minnetonka instead of bald eagle!!

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