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Devils sign Greene to five-year, $25M extension

Jul 30, 2014, 4:34 PM EST

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One of the longest-tenured Devils will be sticking around for a while.

On Wednesday, New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello announced a long-term extension for defenseman Andy Greene. Greene, 31, has one year remaining on his current deal — a four-year, $12 million pact with a $3M annual cap hit — meaning his extension will kick in for the 2015-16 campaign.

UPDATE: Per NorthJersey.com, it’s a five-year deal worth $25 million. It carries a $5M annual cap hit and Greene will get $5M in salary in each of the five years. It makes Greene New Jersey’s highest-paid rearguard.

An unsigned college free agent that inked with the Devils in 2006, Greene has spent his entire eight-year career with New Jersey while appearing in nearly 500 regular season contests. Last year, he emerged as arguably the club’s most important blueliner — in addition to scoring a career-best eight goals, Greene averaged a whopping 24:35 TOI per night and led the Devils in blocked shots, with 129.

At the start of this season, New Jersey showed what it felt of Greene’s ability and leadership skills by naming him an alternate captain for the first time in his career. It was a fitting choice, as Greene is the club’s third-longest tenured player behind the Devils’ other two alternate captains, Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias.

 

  1. 950003cups - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Not sure why in the world anyone would be arrogant enough to call a media conference call, announce a signing of a player for “long term” and hang up. I think that’s a bit disrespectful to the fans and the media. Either announce the damn deal, or zip your lip until its finalized. It’s not like its some major secret signing. It’s just Andy Greene.

    • blomfeld - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      Rattus Pattus …

      One of the largest and most ‘vile’ muroids, it is a brown or grey rodent with a body up to 25 cm (10 in) long, and a similar tail length; the male weighs on average 350 g (12 oz) and the female 250 g (9 oz). Thought to have originated in northern China, this rodent has now spread to all continents except Antarctica, and is the dominant rat in Europe and much of North America, making it by at least this particular definition the most successful mammal on the planet after humans. With rare exceptions, the brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas and on sports internet sites.

  2. lowenni - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Don’t know why they didn’t disclose any of the details of the contract, but Greene is one of the most underrated defenseman in the league. He’s just the definition of steady. As long as the price makes sense there’s no reason not to sign him up long-term, if he wants to be there good for them and lock him up. If they can move Salvador somehow Greene would be my choice to take over the captaincy.

    • lowenni - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Of course after I write that the details are released–to add on, 25 mil over 5 years is a good price for their top defenseman. Won’t bring him into an age where he’s too slow for the game either. Good signing by Lou.

      • blomfeld - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:28 AM

        Rattus Lowennus …

        one of the largest and most ‘vile’ muroids, it is a brown or grey rodent with a body up to 25 cm (10 in) long, and a similar tail length; the male weighs on average 350 g (12 oz) and the female 250 g (9 oz). Thought to have originated in northern China, this rodent has now spread to all continents except Antarctica, and is the dominant rat in Europe and much of North America, making it by at least this particular definition the most successful mammal on the planet after humans. With rare exceptions, the brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas and on sports internet sites.

  3. nickdesposito - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    5/25 per tom gulitti on twitter. Not bad

  4. bleedrangerblue - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Finally a devils story. You go cups!!!

    • 7mantel - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      He thinks it’s arrogant and disrespectful yet he is arrogant and disrespectful on NYR stories!

      • 950003cups - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        awwwww. Poor baby. Did I hurt your feelings?

  5. sjtorpitt - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Disrespectful? Calm down, guy. This has happened on multiple occasions this offseason. We’ll find out soon enough.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Well this deal makes me feel better about the Andrew MacDonald contract. Both are underrated, steady blueliners.

    • Brian - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      The only thing underrated about Andrew MacDonald is how awful he is. He will never perform up to that contract, and the main thing he has in common with Andy Greene as a defenseman is his first name.

      Meanwhile, getting a first pairing defenseman under contract for only $5 million, even if he is on the wrong side of 30, is a very nice deal for New Jersey.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        Look I’m sorry but I’ve watched both players since they entered the league and there is no way Greene is head and shoulders above MacDonald. Greene is a 1st pairing guy because look at New Jersey’s blueline. MacDonald was playing such hefty minutes with Isles because they probably had the worst overall top-6 in the league. With the Flyers he plays 18-20 instead of 25+ and he looked good. There’s nothing that Greene does exceptionally better MacDonald. He’s older, smaller, and must go against the oppositions best night in and night out.

        MacDonald is far from awful.

    • 19to77 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Eh. MacDonald’s not as good as the hype. Top TOI on a bottom-5 team defensively, four years in a row? Sure, on paper, the best defenseman on the team is probably the one they trust to be on the ice north of 23 minutes a night. But on the flip side, their defense was AWFUL, and he owned a big share of that. He’s not terrible. I’m not crucifying the guy. But he’s still heavily overpaid.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        I’m not hyping Macdonald. The guy is a decent 2nd pairing, jack of all trades defender. Idk if you looked at the supporting cast on the Islanders blueline (or their goaltending, for that matter) but he was forced into a role that didn’t fit him out of necessity. As soon as he moved to Philly he settled into a role where he played 18-20 a night and was much, much better. Plus he had a goalie behind him who was actually stopping the puck. As a 27-yr old blueliner with plenty of experience, who can play both the PK and PP, he would’ve easily gotten his $5 million cap hit on the open market.

        And what defender getting a new deal these days isn’t vastly overpaid? This a world where Niskanen and Orpik are making 5+ while Nikitin is getting 4.5. In reality he should be a 3.5-4 dman, but you could say that about a lot of people. Doesn’t mean Macdonald isn’t a solid player.

  7. 34defense2014 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    7mantel:… No one likes the Rags Bro!

  8. jeffychan27 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    Lol Andrew Macdonald is one the most over paid players in the league in my opinion

  9. thecheeman - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Andy Greene is a stud whether he gets hype or not.

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