The Devils have locked in restricted free agent defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler to a new two-year contract.
The Swiss defenseman will earn $1.05 million in the first year and $1.2 million in the final year of the deal.
Siegenthaler, who spends his summers in Zurich, lived with Devils captain Nico Hischier upon his trade to New Jersey. The two have been friends playing on Swiss national teams together in the past. On the day that Siegenthaler arrived to New Jersey, Hischier immediately extended his home and extra room to his friend, who was arriving at a new team for the first time in his career.
"It's always nice if you go to a new team and you know somebody," Siegenthaler said at the time of the trade. "He helped me out a lot so far."
Of course, Hischier expressed similar excitement in having his fellow countryman join his team.
"Of course, he's a young guy too, he just turned 24," Hischier said of his newest roommate. "He's a smooth skater, big guy, he's tough and we need something like that. I know he works hard in the summer too; he wants to be a part of this too. So, it's exciting."
Siegenthaler is half-Swiss, half-Thai, making him the first player of Thai descent to play in the NHL. He still has family in Thailand and told Speak of the Devils Podcast that he visits his mother's native country every other year.
Siegenthaler joined the Devils on April 11, 2021, in a trade with the Washington Capitals. Siegenthaler appeared in just eight games for New Jersey, after a COVID-19 infection kept him out of the lineup, missing six games and returning for the final three games of the year.
This season he averaged 17:34 time on ice with New Jersey, up from his average 13:23 in his seven games with Washington. In total, Siegenthaler has 105 games of NHL experience, with two goals and 11 assists.