Daymond Langkow is on the block. He's slowed down to a reasonable 50-60 point pace, perfect for a 2nd line C, and he excels greatly when put with a talented winger. He is capable of playing both wings, signed for 2 more years (Contract expires 2011-2012).
I'm looking to move him ASAP, and am willing to take anything that is under 4.5 M dollars in Cap Space in return. Let me know people!!
Defenseman Willie Mitchell, traded by the Devils in 2001 for Sean O'Donnell, has decided to re-join the organization, signing a 4 year contract worth $4M each season. Mitchell immediately becomes the team's leading physical and shutdown defenseman as New Jersey has dealt both Colin White and Bryce Salvador in recent times.
New Jersey also re-signed defenseman Mike Mottau to a 2 year contract worth a total of $1.6M.
New Jersey's current defensive depth goes
1) Paul Martin
2) Bryan McCabe
3) Willie Mitchell
4) Andy Greene / Johnny Oduya
5) Mike Mottau
6) Mark Fraser / Tyler Eckford / Matt Corrente
7) Rob Davison / Matt Taormina
We have made this move uneasily, because Langkow, despite his contract is a great #2 C. We just felt that with Backlund ready for the big leagues in a Top 6 role, and Dustin Boyd's progression they deserved the #2/3 Spots. Korkikoski will fight for a spot in our bottom 6 with many capable forwards, and Ruzicka is another solid forward prospect who we look forward to working with. We will begin our pursuit for a #3/4 C immediately. We have some big moves in FA to come as well.