The New Jersey Devils president/general manager Lou Lamoriello announced Tuesday that the franchise has re-signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a new contract. No further details of the agreement were not disclosed, however according to the NHL, CBC reported it to be a one-year, $4 million contract. Zidlicky would have become an unrestricted free agent come summer if the agreement had not been made.
This will mark the fourth season for Zidlicky with the Devils and his eleventh season overall in the National Hockey League. He finished first among the Devil’s defensemen and fifth overall on the team with 42 points throughout last season. This included 12 goals and 30 assists while playing in 81 games; missing only one game over the regular season.
Zidlicky also led the club with eight power play goals, 18 power play points and 60 penalty minutes.
He has a total of 18 goals, 51 assists, a total of 69 points and 108 penalty minutes over the course of 151 games played as a Devil since being acquired from the Minnesota Wild in February 2012.
Zidlicky has played for the Devils, the Wild and the Nashville Predators. He has a career total of 78 goals and 289 assists for 367 points and 604 penalty minutes in 699 games throughout playing with all three teams.
Zidlicky was originally a sixth-round pick (No. 176) of the New York Rangers in the 2001 NHL draft.
A native of the Czech Republic, Zidlicky has represented his country in three Olympic Games, six World Championships, the 2004 World Cup and two World Junior Championships.
Prior to his NHL career, Zidlicky played four seasons with HIFK Helsinki in the Finnish Elite League.
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