If I told you the Devils signed a player that used to wear the Devils uniform at one point in his career, would you be surprised? I didn’t think so! The Devils have signed Cam Janssen to a one year, two-way contract. At this point in time, I really have to question if the Devils organization bothers scouting other teams and players or do we just wait until guys we traded away become available again? Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate when Cam Janssen was on the Devils, in fact, the Devils downright missed him during the period of time where Sean Avery was running amuck and screwing with Marty. He brings a physical presence to this team and I am sure if the Devils keep him in the NHL vs sending him to Albany, there will be a lot more fights in the Devils future. Janssen played 95 games for the Devils over two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07), registering one goal, no assists and 205 penalty minutes. Oh boy!! One has to wonder if having Janssen on the team would allow Clarkson to focus more on the hockey part of the game instead of being the team’s enforcer but here I go again, looking for Clarkson to actually do something for this team.
The move was made, or we can assume it was made because earlier in the day, the Devils shipped Leblond to Calagry for a 5th round pick. I don’t think anyone is surprised to see Leblond go. Last season, we picked up a one-game suspension for instigating a fight in the final 5 minutes against the Caps in a 7-2 blowout. That certainly didn’t sit well with the Devils as he was shipped to Albany for the remainder of the season and I guess they felt it was now best to move him instead of keeping him in Albany.
In other Devils news, it looks like former Devils defenseman Anssi Salmela has left the NHL to sign a two-year contract with Avangard Omsk of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League. I never really thought that Lou had any intention of trying to resign Salmela.