Devils Re-Up Studenic

In addition to the AJ Greer signing this morning, the Devils have also announced that they have re-signed forward Marian Studenic.

The 22-year-old signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $750.000 at the NHL level and $125,000 at the AHL level, similar to Greer’s contract.

Studenic played eight games with the New Jersey Devils last season, debuting on April 11.

The Skalica, Slovakia-native was the Devils’ seventh pick in 2017, 143rd overall. He played in the OHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs from 2016 to 2018 prior to turning professional, winning a Memorial Cup with The Bulldogs in 2018.

Since 2018, he played with the Binghamton Devils of the AHL – he is likely to play with the Utica Comets this season should he not make the NHL club out of camp.

With Binghamton, he has 25 goals and 27 assists totaling 52 points over 123 AHL games. He played internationally for Slovakia at the 2016 U18 World Junior Championship and the 2017 and 2018 U20 World Juniors. He played for Slovakia at the 2919 and 2021 World Championship, where he has a goal and five assists totaling six points over 15 games.

Information for this post came from the Devils’ PR team press release.

In other news on a busy day, I got an email todaty informing me that the 2021 Running with the Devils 5K and walk will be held on October 24 at the Reservoir at Essex County’s South Mountain Recreation Complex. The Wellness Walk will take place at Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo.

That is the live part of the race. The virtual format will offer “additional options from October 1-24.”

Registration is now open at rwjbh.org/runningwiththedevils. This race serves as a fundraiser for RWJBarnabas Health’s hospitals around central and north Jersey. The email notes that all proceeds will support “heroic efforts of 35,000 Healthcare Heroes across New Jersey.”

Paying Tribute

Today is a tough day for my family, as it would have been my Uncle, Rick’s, 62nd birthday.

If you will recall, I mentioned that he had passed away back in November due to a heart attack while he was out jogging on a trail in northwestern New Jersey.

Uncle Rick was one of those guys you could always count on. A huge New York Yankees fan, he would have been disappointed in the year that they are having, but he would have still been watching due to his unwavering loyalty. To his team, his friends and his family.

I cannot stress that enough. He was loyal to everyone who he considered himself close to. (On a personal note, he was one of most encouraging people around me when I started this blog, always reading – as subscriber to the print version – and telling me what he thought.

He was a contractor by trade and his attention to detail was legendary. He always did things right the first time. If you do things right initially, there is no need to keep going back and having to correct your work.

He loved sports. The Yankees, the Minnesota Vikings and Villanova Wildcats basketball (Villanova was his alma mater) were his teams. He was also a big Track and Field fan, having run track through high school and continuing all his life. He passed doing what he loved – running in his “church,” as he was known to call the outdoors.

Because of his love for running, one of the things he lived for was the Olympics. He religiously watched the races leading up to the Games, such as the Olympic Trials. One of his favorite days of the year came in early November when he would sit down and take in the New York City Marathon.

He ran several marathons in his life and one early writing project I am most proud of came from his experiences.

I was doing some sports writing for a publication called Jersey Sports News in the early 2000’s and I wrote a piece where I took people through a marathon, mile-by-mile. My Uncle was the go-to for that, since I am no runner.

He took me through what he would have been feeling at each mile of the race. From the water stations to the final mile, he told me what he would be doing and thinking – in terms of where he needed to be timewise and if he was on pace to finish in the time he wanted.

I got to know what all those miles of training did for him. They trained him to run those 26.2 miles and do it in the time that he wanted. It was still grueling, however, and his accomplishments were certainly nothing to sneeze at.

One of the final races he ran was the 2019 Running with the Devils 5K. He came in first place in his age group. I did the walk with other members of my family and was standing there talking to him when they announced that he had won.

In typical Uncle Rick fashion, he did not realize he had won – he was paying attention to our conversation so intently – and I had to tell him. I have a picture of him up on stage with Colin White and Grant Marshall along with NJ Devil receiving his medal. I was and am very proud of him.

So I guess the point I am trying to make is to tell those around you that you care. Don’t let petty things get in the way of hugging you family or saying “thank you” to your friends on occasion. They could be lost in the blink of an eye. Have no regrets and let them know that you care. Especially nowadays with everything that is going on in the world, hold those around you closer.

On that note, we will be back to talking Devils hockey tomorrow – should something come across the board, of course.