After coming over from the KHL last year, big Russian center Sergey Kalinin proved to be a good pickup for the Devils while adjusting to the NHL’s smaller rink and more physical style of play. You would have to think that he would have a good upside going into 2016-17.
Apparently, the Devils feel the same way, as the team has locked Kalinin for at least one more year. General Manager Ray Shero announced today that the team has given Kalinin a one-year contract worth $800,000.
Last season was Kalinin’s first in the NHL after six seasons with Omsk Avangard of the KHL. He scored eight goals and seven assists (15 points) in 78 games to go with 33 penalty minutes with the Devils.
The 25-year-old Omsk, Russia native also played in this year’s IIHF World Championship with Team Russia, where he won a bronze medal.
In other Devils roster news, Jordin Tootoo has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.