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Devils goalie Frazee signs in Italy

Aug 23, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

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When the Devils took Jeff Frazee with the 38th overall pick at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft — the fourth goalie taken behind Carey Price, Tuukka Rask and Tyler Plante — there was some thought they’d found a potential replacement for Martin Brodeur.

Eight years later, that thought has all but died.

Frazee has left the Devils to sign with Valpellice of Italy’s Elite A league, the club announced on Friday. The 26-year-old is headed to Italy after his agent told there was also interest from the Swedish Hockey League.

A former University of Minnesota standout, Frazee only made one appearance with the Devils — a three-save relief of Johan Hedberg this past March — spending the majority of the last five seasons in the AHL (he was named to the league’s All-Star Game in 2008-09).

It’s likely the addition of Cory Schneider at the NHL Draft (and the iimpending platoon between Schneider and Martin Brodeur) played a role in Frazee moving on, along with the emergence of young netminder Keith Kinkaid.

It should be noted the Devils did want to retain Frazee — GM Lou Lamoriello told that “we have every intention of bringing Jeff back,” prior to Frazee becoming an unrestricted free agent in July.

  1. ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Italy, where all the Beer Leagues are Wine Leagues

  2. longcutskolvikes - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    It’s a stretch to call him a former standout at the U. He was pretty disappointing in goal for the Gophers. Quite frankly, I was surprised when he made it to the AHL…

    • bricevjohnson - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Agreed, I felt he was weak with the Gophers as well. I wasn’t a fan of him with the American junior team either. The Devils took a chance on the guy since he did show he might be a serviceable 1B-2A goaltender down the line, but it didn’t pan out. I hate Pierre McGuire but he summed it up perfectly at the NHL Draft: they tried with Frazee, but he wasn’t getting it done. Both parties moved on.

  3. multiplemiggs - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Oh c’mon dont PULL OUT! This guy might actually MAKE money in this investment.

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