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Devils sign Marek Zidlicky to one-year, $4 million deal (Updated)

Jun 3, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

Marek Zidlicky

The New Jersey Devils have announced they’ve re-signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky.

No further details were provided by the team, but it is a one-year, $4 million deal, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

Zidlicky is 37 years old, but he might have been able to get more had he held out until July 1 when he would have become an unrestricted free agent.

He’s coming off a strong campaign where he scored 12 goals and 42 points in 81 games while logging 21:38 minutes per contest. He led the team in power-play points (18), but the offensive defenseman was seldom used to kill penalties.

New Jersey now has five defensemen inked to one-way contracts, not including 22-year-old Jonathon Merrill, who is likely to get a spot on the team’s 2014-15 roster. That makes things that much harder for 21-year-old defenseman Adam Larsson after he spent a good chunk of the 2013-14 campaign in the minors.

Larsson is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer.

Update: More on the $4 million salary breakdown, per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun…

  1. blueshirtsfaithful - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Haha do the devils know there supposed to scout and sign younger guys!!!! Or is there a expansion retirement team there starting

    • nickdesposito - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      You clearly didn’t watch him play. Also, they will probably buy out Volchenkov or Salvador, which will get rid of an old Defensemen. Then they will have 4 dmen under 30 starting.

  2. pjblake2redwings - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    12 goals and 42 pts last season.. I would take him any day.. He should have tried to get at least 2 yr contract tho

  3. barkar942 - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    O cups- does this put your Devils over the hill (get it-HAHA) as for winning next season’s Cup? Or, does it just put them OVER THE HILL! HAHAHAHA!
    (Just kiddin with ya, Cups!)
    As a Devils faithful, what is your take on Larson? Seems like he is potentially another DelZ. Perhaps a solid year in Albany would help the kid settle down and gain some confidence back? Perhaps this is Lou’s thought pattern on him- to give him a year to mature? I think just like DelZ, too much was expected too soon and he’s not handling it as well as he needs to to be successful.

  4. lordfletcher - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    What is the word on Larsson… is he going to be moved?

    I keep hearing from Devil fans that he is going no-where but I see that in his development more than his trade stock.

    What’s the deal

    • elvispocomo - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Sounds like he needs a change of scenery – and going back to the minors for another year probably isn’t his favourite suggestion either. He’d still be able to get a decent price, but could be dealt if they are putting Merrill ahead of him now.

    • martysbetter - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      He’s 21, needs some time to marinate. Our blue line is crowded, that’s the only reason he hasn’t had much PT with the big club. The Zidlicky resigning has nothing to do with Larsson, they play two very different roles. Lou said he has no intention of rushing any of the 3 youngsters (Larsson, Gelinas, Merill) – there is much to learn at the AHL level, no reason to have a trial by fire for any of these guys when you have vets that can get the job done.

      Lou said he intends to resign Fayne, which means either buyout/trades are coming. If it brings a young legit top 6 forward back I could maybe see Larsson being moved but for nothing short of that.

      Victor Hedman was the bust de jour the last couple of years and look at him now, Dmen need time to develop – there’s no rush for Larsson right now. Our D wasn’t the problem last season, it was scoring and the shootout.

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