Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today signed free agent center Vernon Fiddler to a one year, $1,250,000 contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Fiddler, 36, skated in all 82 games with Dallas last season, scoring 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points and 31 penalty minutes. He added one goal and two assists in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Fiddler played the past five seasons with the Stars, serving as an Alternate Captain for the past two. Prior to Dallas, he skated two seasons (2009-10 & 2010-11) for the Phoenix Coyotes, and seven seasons in the Nashville Predators organization (2002-03 through 2008-09). In 818 career NHL games, Fiddler has scored 102 goals and 155 assists for 257 points, along with 492 penalty minutes. He also has four goals and seven assists with 50 penalty minutes in 42 career playoff tilts.
The native of Edmonton, Alberta, was undrafted and started his career in the ECHL with Arkansas. Fiddler also made professional stops in Roanoke (ECHL) and for the Norfolk/Milwaukee Admirals (AHL), winning the 2003-04 Calder Cup with Milwaukee.
He signed as a free agent with Nashville on May 6, 2002. Fiddler played junior hockey in Kelowna and Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League.