Siegenthaler Re-Signed

The Devils today announced that they have re-signed defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler. Siegenthaler was set to be a restricted free agent this summer.

The contract is an extension for two-years and is worth $2,250,000 with an average annual value (AAV) of $1,125,000. He is set to make $1,050,000 in 2021-22 and $1,200,000 in 2022-23.

Siegenthaler was acquired in a trade with the Washington Capitals in exchange for the Arizona Coyotes’ third-round pick in 2021. The pick was originally received from Arizona in the Taylor Hall deal (December 16, 2019) according to the press release put out by the Devils.

Siegenthaler played in six games for the Devils after being acquired, missing the most of the last two weeks of the season due to COVID-19 protocol. The press release notes that he appeared in seven games for the Capitals prior to being traded.

As well, he represented his native Switzerland in the 2021 IIHF World Championship this spring playing in seven games for the Swiss.

The press release notes that in 2019-20, he had two goals and seven assists, totaling nine points with the Caps. He also had 43 penalty minutes and led the Capitals “in shorthanded time on ice average (3:11)” over 64 games with Washington that season. In addition, he played in seven playoff games for the Caps in 2020.

The Zurich native has 105 total NHL games under his belt in three seasons. He has two goals and 11 assists (13 points) over those games to go with 57 PIMs. The press release says he has played in 11 playoff games over his career as well.

He was selected in the second round, the 57th overall pick in the 2015 Draft by the Capitals. He “played parts of four seasons (2014-15 to 2017-18)” with the Hershey Bears, Washington’s AHL affiliate.

Prior to his North American career, he played for ZSC of the National League A and GC Kusnacht in Switzerland. He has played for the Swiss internationally in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 World Junior Championship (where he was teammates with current Devils’ captain Nico Hischier in 2017), in addition to the 2020 World Championship. In 2017, he and Hischier led the Swiss WJC team in scoring – Hischier with four goals and three assists for seven points and Siegenthaler with one goal and three assists for six points.

The Big Mac Attack is Back: Blackwood Agrees to Terms

Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood, a restricted free agent, has agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth $8,400,000.

Blackwood’s contract has an average annual value of $2,800,000, with $1,475,000 due to him in 2020-21; $2,800,000 due him in 2021-22 and $4,125,000 in 2022-23.

In the press release put out by the Devils, it mentioned that Blackwood, in his second season with the NHL club, had a 22-14-8 record with a 2.72 goals against average over 47 games played (including 43 starts). He finished sixth in the Calder Trophy voting and was voted second for goalies on the NHL All-Rookie Team. In his first season as a starter for the Devils, he set career highs in various categories. These include games played, starts and wins. He had a career-high three shutouts and a shutout streak at one time of 171:37.

February was his best month as he posted a 6-0-1 record, a .967 save percentage – a category in which he led all NHL goalies that month – and a 1.27 goals against average. He even had a point in the month, registering an assist on February 6.

His career stats see him with a 32-24-8 record over 70 NHL games, posting a 2.72 GAA and a .916 save percentage. He adds five shutouts to that resume. He made his NHL debut on December 18, 2018 against the Maple Leafs.

Devils Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald had the following to say about Blackwood: “Mackenzie is going to be one of the key young, core pieces for this organization for a long time and we are excited and extremely happy to have his under contract. He’s obviously show that he cab be a number one goalie, and the sky’s the limit for him.”

Blackwood is young (turning 24 on December 9) and could be the future for the team in net. The signing of veteran Stanley Cup-winning goalie Corey Crawford should help him develop with Crawford serving as a mentor.

Blackwood was picked by the Devils 42nd overall, in the second round of the 2015 Draft. He stands 6-feet, four inches and weighs in at 225 pounds. In his international career, he won a sliver medal with his teammate, defenseman Damon Severson at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, where he was also coached by new Devils’ head coach Lindy Ruff on Team Canada. Ruff served as an assistant with the Canadian team.

The goaltender also represented Canada in 2016 at the World Junior Championship.