The New Jersey Devils were finally a bit busier in this off-season on Tuesday, signing a trio of players, including a couple of fringe players for the hockey pool, forwards Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman.
Noesen got a 1-year, $1.725 million deal after he posted 13 goals and 27 points in 72 games, ranking 231st among all forwards in scoring. That didn't put him too far out of the running and at 25 years old, he could certainly be trending the right way.
Coleman wasn't too far behind at 13 goals and 25 points and the 26-year old earned a 3-year deal, which will have a $1.8 million cap hit per season.
The Devils also signed an entry-level deal with their 5th round pick in June, forward Yegor Sharangovich, but there really are no expectations for him just yet. We'll have to wait until training camp before we make any assumptions there.
Despite having some fairly high expectations surrounding him, New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey has really yet to deliver on them, especially for us poolies. He was close last season, posting 17 goals and 28 points in 79 games, ranking him 223rd among all forwards, so he's coming along. The Rangers signed him to a new 2-year deal, posting a cap hit of $2.275 million in each season.
The rebuild of the Rangers does seem to be moving quite quickly and Vesey is certainly looked upon as one of the solutions to the problem, more than the cause of it. So he'll continue to march along in blue.