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Fiddler retires after 14 seasons

Sep 14, 2017
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Fiddler announced his decision Wednesday in a story for The Players Tribune.The 5-foot-11 center says he thought the New Jersey Devils would be his final team when he signed during the 2016 offseason. But, Fiddler wrote, Nashville general manager David Poile and Devils GM Ray Shero, who launched his professional career, worked out a trade sending him back to the Predators where he started in the NHL.

Fiddler says coming full circle was special with the Predators’ run to the Stanley Cup Final a “perfect way to finish my career.”

He finished with 104 goals and 261 points and also played for the Coyotes and Dallas.


Takeaways:  I have always liked Fiddler as a third line role-player.  He didn’t bring anything flashy to the game, just good solid work ethic and a willingness to drop the gloves for his teammates.  The hat-trick in the video was the first game I ever saw him play in, having only learned about him through EA Sports, and once I watched that, I always expected him to score more.  But, I’ll always settle for a good knuckle-duster!

 

Devils lock up RFA Severson

NEWARK, N.J. — Being a restricted free agent without arbitration rights, defenseman Damon Severson was hoping to get contract from the New Jersey Devils that would carry him over for a couple of years.

The Devils instead gave Severson, 23, a vote of confidence, signing him to a six-year, $25 million contract that will keep him with the team through the 2022-23 season.

“Damon brings an important dimension to our hockey club and he is a young defenseman that we are excited to work with,” general manager Ray Shero said Monday in announcing the deal that gets Severson signed in time for the opening of training camp this week. “This deal shows our ownership’s commitment in what we continue to build here.”

Severson will earn $2.5 million this season and his salary will escalate to $5.1 million in the final year of the contract. He set career highs with 28 assists and 31 points in 80 regular-season games last season, leading all New Jersey defensemen in assists and points.

It is expected that Severson will get a chance to pair with Andy Greene on the Devils’ top defensive unit.

 

Kelly signed to PTO with Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers signed center Chris Kelly to a professional tryout contract Sunday.

The 36-year-old Kelly had five goals and seven assists in 82 regular-seasons games for Ottawa last season,

Kelly helped Boston win the Stanley Cup in 2011 and has 123 goals and 166 assists in 833 career regular-season games in 13 seasons with the Bruins and Senators. He has 12 goals and 20 assists in 92 playoff games.


Takeaway:  Chris Kelly is a versatile center who won’t hurt you on the ice.  His best offensive days (if he had any) are behind him, and a team needing a defensive forward/penalty-killing specialist would do well to sign him!  I am not sure Edmonton is the best fit, although Kelly can still skate.  The style I saw Edmonton play last season would mean Kelly playing between six and eight minutes per night, depending on penalty trouble.  Prediction:  WILL BE SIGNED BY SOMEONE ELSE

 
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