Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils brought back pending
unrestricted free-agent forwards Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus on Thursday.
No terms of the deals were disclosed, but the Bergen Record reported that
Elias was retained for $16.5 million over three years.
"To Lou (Lamoriello), all my teammates and Devils fans, I'm excited to sign a
new contract and be back with New Jersey," Elias said.
The reliable veteran winger completed his 17th NHL season by posting team
highs in assists (22) and points (36) while participating in all 48 regular-
season games. He also finished second on the club to David Clarkson in goals
Since arriving in the NHL for the 1995-96 campaign, Elias has racked up
franchise-best totals of 375 goals and 930 points in 1,090 games, adding 45
goals and 125 points over 162 postseason appearances.
Zubrus was limited to just 22 games in his 16th season, during which he
totaled two goals and seven assists.
Signed by New Jersey as a free agent in July of 2007, the native of Lithuania
has compiled 70 goals and 118 assists in 398 games with the Devils.
A former first-round pick of the Flyers in 1996, Zubrus has picked up 208
goals and 548 points over 1,087 regular-season appearances for Philadelphia,
Montreal, Washington, Buffalo and New Jersey.
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