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Hedberg might be back with Devils — just not on the ice

Sep 4, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

Johan Hedberg #1 of the New Jersey Devils looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on December 6, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(December 5, 2010 - Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Many figured the Devils’ acquisition of Cory Schneider would bump Johan Hedberg out of the picture.

Well, that’s true — but not entirely.

The veteran netminder reportedly has as standing offer to join the organization in an unspecified position, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

It’s something the 40-year-old is considering.

“We’ve been talking about different things,” Hedberg explained. “Nothing is concrete. I’m still going to hang around the team. Not playing. It’s a great organization.”

The move would remain consistent with GM Lou Lamoriello’s trend of keeping the Devils family close.

There are three ex-Devils on the coaching staff (Scott Stevens, Chris Terreri, Dave Barr); former bench boss Jacques Lemaire still works as a special assignment coach; former defenseman Tommy Albelin is an assistant with AHL Albany and ex-forward Sergei Brylin is working in a special assignment/scout role.

Hedberg could soon be the latest Devil to stick with New Jersey after his playing days are done.

“[No playing options] as of today,” he said. “There were some teams interested. I didn’t feel like breaking up the family again and moving away. I needed some time to think. I’m still not done with that process.

“For now we’re going to stay put.”

  1. 950003cups - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    1st Class Organization

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I dont understand why Nashville wouldn’t pick up Hedberg. He’s only a season removed from a stellar campaign and he’s far better than Carter Hutton, even at this stage in his career.

    • devilsarethebest - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      They probably tried, but Hedberg didn’t want to move out there.

    • 950003cups - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      He had offers from Boston and he turned it down because he didn’t wanna uproot his family again. He had an offer from Philly that he would’ve taken, but they went with Emery in the end. The Islanders or Rangers would be good for him, but they probably haven’t been calling.

  3. wiersmak2013 - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Good. The Devils are a class organization and Moose is classy guy. It would be great to see him stay with the Devils in some capacity.

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