Devils Qualify Clarkson, Fraser, Pelley and Eckford
According to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed he sent one-year offers to potential restricted free agents David Clarkson, Mark Fraser, Rod Pelley and Tyler Eckford.
Any restricted free agent not given an offer by 5 p.m. yesterday would become free agents on July 1.
The biggest name on this list is Clarkson. Lamoriello has made it a priority to re-sign the young winger, and I’ve debated what Clarkson’s value, in dollars, would be to the team. I think he’ll end up pushing seven figures, possibly eclipsing $2 million per year.
Fraser and Pelley are more of a mystery. Fraser, who played in 61 of the team’s games this season, gave the Devils solid production night in and night out. Not known for his goal-scoring, Fraser scored three goals – all against the Pittsburgh Penguins – and also tallied three assists. With Mike Mottau potentially leaving via free agency, it’s possible Fraser can receive a slight bonus and a one-way contract. Pelley, who appeared in 64 games, has tried to find a regular spot with the Devils’ for the past two seasons. He’ll have to compete for a spot, but I’d be surprised if he wasn’t given a one-way contract.
Eckford, Davis and Magnan-Grenier will probably be given two-way contracts. All three had limited NHL experience this season, but Eckford is expected to contest for a spot on the Devils’ blue line this season. Davis and Magnan-Grenier will probably stick around Albany.