Devils Re-Sign Kevin Rooney

Kevin Rooney has been brought back into the Devils’ fold by signing a two-year contract worth $700,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level ($70,000 guaranteed according to the press release the Devils put out) for 2018-19 and $700,000 at the NHL level in 2019-20.

The 26-year old Rooney just finished “his second full professional season in 2017-18.” He signed his first contract with the Albany Devils on July 5, 2016 and signed with the New Jersey Devils on February 27, 2017.

The 6’2″, 190-pound forward played in 71 games with Binghamton last season, notching 14 goals and 20 assists (34 points total). He played one game in the NHL last season (January 25, 2018 against Nashville) where he had “three shots on goal in 11:49 of ice-time.” He has five total NHL games under his belt.

He is a native of Canton, Massachusetts who played college hockey at Providence College. In four seasons with the Friars from 2012 to 2016, he played on a “NCAA Championship team in 2015.” Playing in 144 career college games, he had 17 goals and 19 assists (36 points) and 70 penalty minutes.

According to the Devils’ press release, he won Providence College’s Athletic Department Mal Brown Award in 2016. This award is given each year “to the male athlete whose career of intercollegiate competition portrayed sportsmanship, courage and honor.”

Qualifying Offers Extended by Devils to Eight Players

According to articles written today by Abbey Mastracco of the North Jersey Record and Chris Ryan of The Star Ledger, the Devils have extended qualifying offers to eight players.

The players are all restricted free agents. They also declined “qualifying offers for two players, making them unrestricted free agents on July 1” according to Ryan. The players given qualifying offers were forwards Miles Wood, Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen among those who played in the NHL last season and also defenseman Steven Santini. According to Ryan, “AHL players Nick Lappin, Kevin Rooney, Michael Kapla and Christoph Bertschy also received qualifying offers.”

Ryan also said that “(f)orward Mario Lucia and goalie Ken Appleby did not get qualifying offers.” Although the Devils could still re-sign them should they choose, they will be unrestricted free agents on July 1.

According to Mastracco, Noesen, Coleman, Lappin and Rooney are arbitration eligable. She said that “(t)he deadline to file for salary arbitration is July 5. Both Coleman and Noesen made $660,000 last season on one-year deals according to Mastracco.

In other news that you may have heard by now, the Devils were not one of the five teams that free agent superstar John Tavares has/will be meeting with this week. Several sources, including Arthur Staple, who covers the Islanders for The Athletic, in a tweet written on June 23, the Maple Leafs, Sharks, Stars, Bruins and Islanders were among the short list of teams that he has or will meet with. The Devils could always make an offer later on that Tavares and his agent would listen to, but most likely, New Jersey is not in on the Tavares sweepstakes.

Also, the Hockey Hall of Fame will be announcing their Class of 2018 members today at 3 PM. Martin Brodeur is in his first year of eligibility and will likely be a shoo in. We will have more information here as it becomes available today at 3 PM.

Devils Re-Sign Three More

According to a series of press releases on the Devils’ official site, General Manager Ray Shero has come to terms with three more players. Ben Thomson, Kevin Rooney and Stefan Noesen have all been signed to one-year, two-way contracts.

Ben Thomson, a forward and a 24 year-old native of Brampton, Ontario was the first announced. He will make $650,000 at the NHL level. He was chosen in the fourth round, 96th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft and has played the majority of his Devils career in the AHL. This will be his fourth professional hockey season. He has 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points in 212 AHL games (he also has 296 penalty minutes) according to the press release. Last year he had a goal in the four Calder Cup playoff games he played in.

He also made his NHL debut last season (April 4 versus the Flyers) and has a total of three NHL games under his belt.

Next up to sign was Providence College product Kevin Rooney. The 24 year-old Canton, Massachusetts native will make $650,000 at the NHL level. Rooney just finished his first pro season, playing in 71 games for the Albany Devils of the AHL and making his New Jersey Devils debut on March 2 against the Capitals.

In Albany, he had 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points with 39 penalty minutes according to the press release. The release also mentions that Rooney had one goal in four Calder Cup playoff games played in last year.

Rooney, a forward, was signed to a one-year AHL contract last year (July 5, 2016) as a free agent. The press release mentions that he attended Development Camp last year for the Devils and participated in the 2016 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo. He signed a one-year, two-way NHL contract on February 27, 2017 right before his NHL debut against the Caps in Washington.

The final signing announcement of the day was forward Stefan Noesen. The forward, born in Plano, Texas, will make $660,000 at the NHL level.

Noesen, who is 24 years old as well, was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks last year via waivers. He was chosen 21st overall in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft by Ottawa. Last season he split between the Ducks and Devils at the NHL level and the San Diego Gulls of the AHL (Anaheim’s affiliate).

With the Devils, after being claimed off waivers on January 25, 2017, he played 32 games and had six goals and two assists for eight points. He scored his first career NHL goal on December 7 while still with the Ducks versus the Hurricanes. He notched his first assist as a Devil on February 14 against the Avalanche. He also scored a goal in each of his first two games with the Devils according to the press release. Those goals came January 26 against Washington and January 31 against Detroit.

At the AHL level, Noesen has 116 games (for the Norfolk Admirals and San Diego). In those games, he has 23 goals and 40 assists to total 63 points. He also has 127 penalty minutes, according to the press release.

His NHL totals read 46 games, eight goals, two assists for ten points and 24 penalty minutes.