Devils Finally Sign Adam Mair
Adam Mair, invited to New Jersey on a tryout contract during training camp, was waiting for his opportunity to suit up for the Devils during the regular season.
He’ll finally get his opportunity tomorrow night.
The Devils signed Mair to a one-way, one-year contract for $515,000 today after left-winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond cleared waivers.
“It’s exciting to be part of this team, this organization now and I’m looking forward to being able to contribute and help and I’m very happy,” Mair said to Tom Gulitti after today’s practice at Prudential Center. “My family and I are very happy.”
After not receiving a contract after training camp because of the cap situation, Mair stuck around the team’s facilities, paying his own way to continue practicing with the organization. The center, who can play all three positions, should benefit coach John MacLean as the Devils deal with injuries and cap restraints.
“He’s versatile and with what we have right now we need a guy like him,” MacLean said to Gulitti. “He’s good because of his versatility. He can play center. He can play right wing. He can play left wing. He can kill penalties. We need that right now.”
Mair will make his season debut tomorrow night, giving the Devils 16 skaters for their game against the Buffalo Sabres. Coincidentally, Mair played seven seasons for the Sabres before signing with the Devils. The new Devil believes it’ll be a good game.
“We’re in the same conference,” Mair said to Gulitti. “We’re going to play them four times. But it will be nice to go back there and see those guys. They’re a litle desperate (the Sabrtes are 1-2). We’re desperate for a win. It should be a good game.”
Mair scored two goals in five preseason games. But it wasn’t only his offensive presence that earned him praise in the locker room. Mair continually talked about winning this preseason, even though the games didn’t matter. He stepped up for teammates on the ice, even though his spot on the team was never guaranteed. It’s that type of veteran leadership the Devils, who stumbled out of the gate, need in their dressing room.
For today’s updates on some of the injured players, follow the jump!
With Mair playing, the Devils will have 16 skaters for tomorrow night’s game. Devils’ general manager Lou Lamoriello spoke today about the condition of both Anton Volchenkov (broken nose) and Brian Rolston (groin injury). Both won’t be available tomorrow night.
Lamoriello said Volchenkov is still feeling the effects of a Nicklas Backstrom shot that hit his shield and broke his nose Saturday night. Lamoriello said the Devils’ defenseman neck is “extremely stiff from the blow he got” and that he would not be available for the rest of the week.
Rolston, who suffered a groin injury during Saturday’s game, may be out for longer than expected. The left-winger may have a sports hernia, and was examined by Dr. William Meyers, the same specialist who repaired Patrik Elias‘ sports hernia five seasons ago and follow-up surgery to clear scar tissue last season.
If Rolston undergoes surgery, he may be out at least a month. When Elias underwent surgery last season, he didn’t make his season debut until November 6.
Understandably, Lamoriello hoped it wasn’t a sports hernia.
“That’s something we hope it’s not. It’s still tight, so he’s going to get a second opinion,” Lamoriello said. “He went to a specialist and is going to go to another one.”
If Rolston requires surgery, the Devils could place him on the long-term injured reserve, allowing the Devils to play over the cap by Rolston’s cap hit ($5,062,500), which would possibly allow the Devils to play with a full roster of players.