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Devils re-sign Sislo: two years, $1.1 million

Jun 19, 2014, 2:07 PM EST

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The New Jersey Devils have re-upped with winger Mike Sislo.

Sislo, 26, has agreed to a two-year, two-way pact worth $562,500 annually at the NHL level, per the Star-Ledger. An undrafted free agent out of New Hampshire, Sislo has spent the majority of his professional career in AHL Albany but made his big-league debut last year, appearing in 14 games for New Jersey while averaging 8:51 TOI per game.

A quality scorer at the AHL level — he led Albany with 23 goals in 59 games last year — Sislo could be in line for a steadier role with the Devils next year, as the club has yet to reach new deals with a number of veteran bottom-six forwards, including Ryan Carter, Steve Bernier and Stephen Gionta.

  1. nj666 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    I thought this happened yesterday. Anyways this is a pickup for albany really, maybe some 4th line appearances occasionally in NJ. They need to lock up Mark Fayne before July 1st though.

    • thecheeman - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      why do you want Fayne back?

    • thecheeman - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Salvador, Volchenkov, Merrill, Gelinas, Zidlicky, Greene, Larsson, Harrold, Fayne

      Assume they buy out Volchenkov but not Salvador. I still don’t ever want Fayne playing. Is there a difference between Fayne and Urbom?

      • nj666 - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        wow you clearly don’t know or watch the devils. He and Greene were the best 2 defensemen on the team. It’s laughable you think he on the same level as Urbom. If you watched the devils last season, you’d know that the rookies still aren’t able to put up top D minutes. But please remain ignorant. If fayne went to another team and continued to play like he does, you’ll probably be the first one here complaining about how Lou doesn’t lock up quality home grown players with UFA status.

    • thecheeman - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      besides your own opinion please feel free to grace us all with your justification of why Fayne is our 2nd best defenseman. I don’t have advances stats at hand but if they tell a story that says Fayne is closer to being good than sucking, I’d be happy to see it.

      Here’s what I’ve got from NHL.com
      7th on the Devils in TOI/G: so i guess the coaches don’t like playing their 2nd best defenseman much
      9th on the Devils in +/-: i know it’s a flawed stat but it’s there
      T-4th on Devils in points: ELEVEN big points in 72 games. Should be noted that Merrill had the same amount of points in 20 less games.

      So please explain why he’s good. I watch the Devils and I don’t see him bringing anyhing to the table. He’s not usually glaringly awful but most of the time he’s just kind of there. No reason to pay a guy just to be there when you can pay younger guys with upside just to be there who might get better from the development.

      Fayne is 27 and he still gets healthy scratched. If Salvador didn’t miss half the year then Fayne would have been healthy scratched all those games.

      Also he put up these terrible numbers this year playing with the Devils best defenseman in Greene. Not encouraging.

      • nj666 - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        you dont put in a defenseman in the lineup to score goals. Fayne is a shutdown defenseman who faced the toughest competition of other teams’ first lines. The fact that he was horribly mis managed by pdb at the beginning of the season due to having way too many dmen doesn’t hold much ground, because once he was in the lineup he stayed. He was in the lineup well before Salvador was hurt and was on IR so Salvador being in/out of the lineup had nothing to do with Fayne’s play. If we’re judging good play based on minutes than Bryce Salvador is on the same level as Ryan Sutter… Merrill is a n offensive defenseman so him putting up that many points in 20 less games isn’t surprising, but I watched Merrill get burned many times by opposing forwards. Gelinas and Merrill showed flash but thats only from half a season. Fayne has shown consistency for about three seasons now. It isn’t worth the gamble to toss away a proven shutdown d-man who will be a low cap hit. I laugh at the terrible numbers part as If the whole team were racking up goals last season.

      • thecheeman - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM

        Shutdown Dman LOL

        Here’s a claim that advanced stats show Salvador as the Devils’ best shutdown guy last season, but it does mention Fayne as underrated.

        http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1817960-every-nhl-teams-best-shutdown-defenseman-in-2013-14-season#articles/1817960-every-nhl-teams-best-shutdown-defenseman-in-2013-14-season/page/18

  2. 950003cups - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Fayne is scratched because he’s paid the least. It sounds like a dumb idea, but that’s Lamoriello in a nutshell. Countless games could’ve been won until Salvador had made big mistakes and either cost us the lead or cost us the game. I know of at least 5 games where he’s been directly responsible for goals or indirectly by causing a turnover which kept the puck in the zone which eventually ended up in the back of our net.

    Some games we lost, some went to SO’s and obviously lost those.

    Fayne can’t be calculated on the star sheet. He’s not great, but he’s a much better asset than Salvador. I’d put him at most as a 2nd pairing dman. Depending on the opposing team.

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