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Devils re-sign Zidlicky to one-year, $3M deal

Jul 10, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils have brought back their leading defenseman scorer from last season, signing Marek Zidlicky to a one-year deal.

Update: It’s for $3 million with games played incentives, according to TSN’s Aaron Ward.

Zidlicky, 36, entered free agency on July fifth after playing out the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal signed with Minnesota in 2010.

He came to New Jersey at the ’12 trade deadline and paid immediate dividends, scoring nine points in 24 playoff games while averaging nearly 24 minutes a night as the Devils made a surprising run to the Stanley Cup finals.

In 2013, he led all Devils blueliners in points, with 19, while appearing in all 48 games — no small feat for an injury-plagued Devils team (Zidlicky and Andy Greene were the only two defensemen to accomplish it).

New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello said in May he wanted Zidlicky back for another season, but needed to wait and see how free agency played out before making a deal.

The Devils spent large in free agency — Ryane Clowe for $24.5 million, Michael Ryder for $7 million, Rostislav Olesz for $1 million — and re-signed Patrik Elias to a three-year, $16.5 million deal.

New Jersey still has work to be done, namely new deals for RFAs Jacob Josefson and Adam Henrique — but felt it had enough left over to bring back Zidlicky.

  1. martysbetter - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Been a great offseason for the Devils, bringing Zid back on a 1-year deal is perfect – I wonder if another d-man is on the move..they still need to get RFA’s Henrique and Josefson inked.

  2. 950003cups - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    The guy is either hot or cold. There’s no in between days. Either he sucks, or he wins the game for you. He takes big risks

  3. sbuckma - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    As a longtime Devils fan I can say that I do not understand why people say that Zidlicky is good. Every game I watch I wait for the inevitable Zidlicky blunder. I still remember when he got 2 delay of game penalties in a single period in a playoff elimination game vs Florida. Tallinder was waaaaaaaaay more steady and we gave him away for nothing.

    Not at all happy with the offseason. Is there some reason why we gave 2-concussion Clowe a 5-year deal worth more money than Lecavlier? We need offense, not more role players.

    • 950003cups - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Can’t understand the Lecavalier deal either except that GMs didnt see him as anything to write home about.

    • mj2sexay - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Zids > Tallinder and it’s not even close. I should’ve known not to qualify anything you said after that gem. Tallinder was rapidly approaching Mike Mottau territory as someone I never wanted to see in a Devils jersey ever again.

      Clowe only had one concussion last year. The 2nd one was speculation and has been debunked. And in looking at the contracts most power forwards around the NHL are getting, it’s more or less in line. Clarkie got 7 years at 5.25 per for chrissakes, and as much as I liked him on the Devils, Clowe has 100 more points over his career.

      • 950003cups - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        The 2nd concussion was suspected, and never actually had been publicly debunked in the media. The Rangers organization would’ve been chastised by the fans for sitting him during the playoffs knowing he didn’t have a diagnosed concussion after the impact he had on the team. Maybe he chose to sit to be cautious knowing he’s about to his FA, or maybe Tortorella just didn’t think it was that important for that series to risk him.

  4. moarjam - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    When was this second concussion debunked?

  5. 950003cups - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    But one would have to be a moron not to think Clowe wasn’t better than Clarkson. Don’t get me wrong, i liked Clarkson very much. A great guy, and stuck up for his teammates, and gave his all every night. But in both regular season and playoffs, Clowe ranks higher

    Total Playoff stats 70-GP 18-G 28-A 46-PTS 97-PIM
    Total Regular season stats 435-GP 104-G 175-A 279-PTS 581-PIM

    Total Playoff stats 44-GP 5-G 9-A 14-PTS 59-PIM
    Total Regular season stats 426-GP 97-G 73-A 170-PTS 770-PIM

    Think about who you would rather have on the ice in a G7 OT

    Oh, and since this article is about re-signing Zidlicky. I’ll put the token “Zidlicky is ok”.

  6. 950003cups - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    *But one would have to be a moron not to think Clowe *IS better than Clarkson

  7. earpaniac - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    As a Blackhawk fan, all I can contribute to this is Olesz is terrible.

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Can’t remember the last time I’ve seen the Devils spend so much money in an offseason. They acquired more salary than the Flyers this summer; a very rare occurrence. But Lou usually does a good job retooling, so it’s no surprise. The Ryder pickup is a saavy move. And, If he stays healthy (big if), I think Clowe will outperform Clarkson. Plus the Schneider acquisition is an obvious upgrade.

    The new Atlantic division will be tough.

  9. amityvillefun - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Zidlicky is a cool hockey name. It’s fun to say.

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