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Devils UFA Signings – July 1, 2010

This post will attempt to follow all the Devils signings today. Continue to check back regularly for updates throughout the day!

Devils Re-Sign Rod Pelley

The Devils re-signed UFA center Rod Pelley. Contract details will follow.

Pelley played 63 games last season, tallying two goals and eight assists while playing on the fourth line. The team has expected him to fill the role of the departed John Madden, but Pelley has never seemed to work himself into that role.

Paul Martin Signs With Pittsburgh

The Devils will lose one of their two big-name unrestricted free agents today, as Paul Martin reportedly signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The defender missed most of last season with a broken forearm, sustained in a game against those Penguins.

Martin signed a 5-year/$25 million dollar deal.

Devils Sign Henrik Tallinder

The Devils attempted to make up for the loss of Martin by signing Henrik Tallinder to a four year, $13.5 million deal.

Tallinder will make $3.375 million per season. The 31-year old Swede had four goals and 16 assists in 82 games in 2009-2010. He also averaged 20:36 of ice time, which will help to offset the loss of Martin’s 22 minutes on the ice.

I’ll have more reaction on this deal later, packaged with my reaction on the biggest signing of the day…

Devils Ink Volchenkov

The Devils agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defenseman Anton Volchenkov today, signing the former Ottawa Senator to a six-year, $25.5 million dollar contract.

Volchenkov, who averaged 20:41 of ice time last season, is a shot-blocking machine. The big defenseman ranked eighth last season with 172 blocked shots. He also brings a physical aspect, collecting 152 hits last season.

Volchenkov will make $4.25 million a year, and reportedly has a no-trade clause in the contract.

Devils Add Hedberg

The Devils filled their backup goalie hole today, inking Johan Hedberg to a one-year, $1.5 million dollar contract.

The former Atlanta Thrasher posted a record of 21-16-6 with a 2.62 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and three shutouts.

Hedberg’s deal includes bonuses and a no trade clause. Why a backup needs a no-trade clause I don’t know, but he has one in the deal.

The move ends any thought of Yann Danis coming back to the Devils next year.

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