Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Devils Re-Sign Oduya

The Devils announced on Tuesday that they have re-signed one of their potential UFAs for the summer in Johnny Oduya. The 27-year old defender was slated to hit the market tomorrow, but the Devils managed to reel him in with a 3-year deal worth $10.5 million. This works out to be a $3.5 million salary cap hit in each of the three seasons. Oduya was thought to be a prized defender, if he was to have hit the open market.

In 2009, Oduya finished second among Devils defenders with 29 points (7 goals & 22 assists) in all 82 GP. He ranked 57th among all defensemen in pool points, which makes him a necessity on someone's team come fantasy draft time, as he doesn't sit too deep in the rankings. He isn't considered one of the most offensive defenders, but he does put enough points on the board to make a small difference. His durability is also a very good quality to pick-up for your team.

Zach ParisePaul MartinMartin Brodeur
Patrik EliasJohnny Oduya
Jamie LangenbrunnerColin White
Dainius ZubrusBryce Salvador
David Clarkson
Brian Rolston
Jay Pandolfo

The Devils also rank themselves as one of the higher average salary teams in the NHL, as they currently have 12 players signed on (with Oduya) at an approximate cap hit of $42.1 million, leaving $14.5 million to sign on nine players this summer. Fortunately for the Devils, they continue to have a very reliable backend, which has to help Martin Brodeur, in his quest for more NHL records.

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