Devils Extend Andy Greene
The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenseman Andy Greene to a five-year, $25 million extension. Greene, the 31-year-old blue liner, was second only to Marek Zidlicky in points scored by defenseman (Zidlicky had 42 and Greene had 32). Greene played all 82 games last season, and he’s right around a 25-minutes-a-night type of player.
This signing helps secure the Devils’ defensive presence after they’ve spent the majority of the offseason tightening things up on offense. The Devils have a terrific goalie signed up long term in Cory Schneider, and now they have a top NHL defenseman signed up alongside him.
Greene downplays his own status as a top D-man. Speaking to Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger and NJ.com, Greene said, “It’s not something I really think about or focus on, whether I’m a premier defenseman or not. I just go out there and do my job. Playing as a team is the way we win and lose games.”
Speaking to Chere, Greene also said he never had his sights set on any team other than New Jersey. “Honestly, it never entered my mind. I had one year left on my current deal. Lou and I sat down and I said (an extension) was something they’d be interested in and it was exactly what I wanted. I’m very fortunate to be able to continue my career as a Devil.”
The Devils, who were so close to the playoffs last year, have now addressed their biggest hole and greatly improved their offense. They’ve also kept their stout defense and strong goaltending, the backbone of any success they achieved last year.
So far, all is going according to plan for Lou Lamoriello in the offseason. It will be great to see this team finally lace up the skates at the beginning of the season.
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