NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Right wing David Clarkson is staying with the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils say Wednesday that they have agreed to terms on a multiyear contract with the feisty forward, who could have become a restricted free agent on Thursday. New Jersey gave Clarkson a qualifying offer on Monday, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
The 26-year-old Clarkson had 11 goals and 13 assists in only 46 games last season. He missed a large portion of the season because of a broken right leg.
The Devils still haven't signed defenseman Paul Martin or star forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who can become unrestricted free agents on Thursday. Both players are expected to draw major interest and lucrative contract offers.
Defensemen Mike Mottau and Martin Skoula, backup goalie Yann Danis, and forwards Rob Niedermayer and Dean McAmmond are also eligible for free agency.