Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today re-signed defenseman Brian Strait to a two-year, two-way contract with an average annual salary of $675,000 at the NHL level. The contract breakdown is as follows: 2018-19: $650,000 and 2019-20: $700,000. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Strait, 30, joined the Devils organization when he signed a one-year, two-way contract on July 1 of last year. He spent the entire 2017-18 season in Binghamton where he served as an alternate captain. In 61 games, Strait scored three goals and five assists for eight points with 52 penalty minutes. At the AHL level, the 6-1, 210lb., defenseman has career totals of 13 goals and 49 assists for 62 points and 270 penalty minutes in 339 games with Wilkes-Barre (2009-13), Manitoba (2016-17) and Binghamton. He also has one goal and five assists in 18 Calder Cup Playoff matches. Through his seven-plus season NHL career, Strait has six goals and 23 assists for 29 points and 91 penalty minutes in 187 regular-season games. He also had one goal and 16 penalty minutes in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff contests.
Prior to signing with New Jersey, Strait spent time with the Pittsburgh (2010-13), NY Islanders (2013-16) and Winnipeg (2016-17) organizations. Before his professional career, the Waltham, MA, native attended Boston University (HE) from 2006-09 and led the Terriers to the 2009 NCAA Championship. He also spent two seasons, 2004-06, with the United States National Development Program, where he captained the Americans to a Gold Medal victory at the 2006 IIHF World U18 Championship under the leadership of Devils' Head Coach John Hynes. Born on January 4, 1988, Strait was selected by Pittsburgh in the third round (65th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft.