It appears as though New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello has accomplished what he initially set out to do on the opening day of free agency with the re-signing of defenseman Andy Greene and goalie Johan Hedberg.
Hedberg, the 38-year-old journeyman backup who posted the best goals-against average (2.38) of his nine-year career this past season, was signed to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be revealed.
In his first season as the backup to Martin Brodeur, Hedberg went 15-12-2 in 34 appearances. He also sported a .912 save percentage.
Greene, who struggled this past season with 4 goals, 23 points and a minus-23 rating, inked a four-year contract.
"I'm really excited,” Greene told Gulitti. "I was pretty confident it was going to get done, but, obviously, you never know until the last minute and until it’s agreed upon. I'm pretty fired up and excited.
Greene, who earned $738,000 last season, established career-highs with 6 goals, 31 assists, 37 points and a plus-9 rating during the 2009-10 campaign.
The 28-year-old Greene is happy to remain a Devil.
"I like it there," Greene said. "We have a great group of guys. We have a great team. There's a lot of reasons. Those are kind of the bigger ones, but there's a lot more that goes into it. I've enjoyed my time there. Obviously, there's been some ups and downs, but there's been a lot more positives than negatives."
He did lead Devils' defensemen in points in 2010-11 and his 22:21 in average ice time was second behind only Henrik Tallinder (22:32) among the team's defensemen.