The Devils made roster moves on Monday, assigning Reid Boucher
to Albany (AHL) and recalling Steve Bernier
Goaltender Scott Clemmensen was set to be placed on waivers and is expected to be assigned to Albany if he clears.
Bernier, who practiced on the fourth line with Stephen Gionta and Tuomo Ruutu, has five points (1g-4a) in nine games this season with the Devils’ top affiliate. He has 33 points (12g-21a) in 157 regular-season games with the Devils since joining the club as a free agent in January 2012.
Boucher registered five shots in his three games with New Jersey.
Jordin Tootoo (foot, five games missed) returned to practice and skated as an extra forward with Scott Gomez.
“He’s feeling better so he’s skating until he feels comfortable enough to go into practice,” Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello said.
Lamoriello also updated that Mike Cammalleri (jaw, three games missed) and Martin Havlat (lower body, five games missed) are improving. Cammalleri, who leads the Devils with five goals, could be back soon.
“I don’t think that will be far away,” Lamoriello said. “I don’t think he’ll be too long. He's feeling better, just not ready yet."
Havlat “is still skating, but until he’s 100 percent,” will not return to action with the team, Lamoriello said.
Clemmensen has made two appearances this season, both in relief of Cory Schneider, who matched a career high Saturday with his 11th straight start.
"The decision has been the right decision, with the home schedule the way it’s been and with the way it is, to get Cory in the routine and he’s getting into that routine now of playing and feeling good,” Lamoriello said. "He had to get into that [routine] of playing a lot. There’s no question. That’s a process after not having that over the years."
On Sunday, Albany announced the signing of defenseman Mark Fraser. New Jersey’s former third-round pick has had stints in Toronto and Edmonton since being dealt by the Devils to Anaheim in 2011.
"I’ve always liked Mark,” Lamoriello said. He brings a different presence at defense; he has size and strength and toughness. It gives us three down there with [Dan] Kelly, [Seth] Helgeson and now Mark Fraser. You can never have enough of that. Defense as we all know, you can never have enough depth."
Dainius Zubrus - Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr
Adam Henrique / Patrik Elias - Michael Ryder
Ryane Clowe - Jacob Josefson - Damien Brunner
Tuomo Ruutu - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier
Jordin Tootoo, Scott Gomez
Andy Greene - Damon Severson
Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky
Jon Merrill - Adam Larsson