The New Jersey Devils have announced the re-signing of right wing Cam Janssen to a one-year, two-way contract. According to The Bergen Report, if playing in the NHL, he will receive $575,000. The 30 year old would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 without the deal.
Janssen had a career best during the 2013-14 campaign with three goals throughout 24 games playing with the Devils.
Janssen also played 27 games with the Devils’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany Devils. There he had three assists.
Originally a 2002 fourth-round draft pick by the Devils, No. 117 overall, Janssen has played a total of 336 National Hockey League games between the Devils and the St. Louis Blues. He has six goals, 14 points and a total of 774 penalty minutes. Labeled as a tough guy, these high number of penalty minutes are not surprising.
After being drafted, Janssen started his NHL career with the Devils during the 2005-06 season fo a couple of years and then played four years with the St. Louis Blues from 2007-11. After playing in St. Louis, Janssen returned to New Jersey and has played on one year deals ever since.
With the NHL seeming to be veering away from the physical factor of the game, enforcers such as Janssen are becoming a rare breed. Of course there will always be some sort of physical element, but with recent rules being changed, such as not being allowed to remove your helmet before a fight, rumors abound as to the future of this part of the game. If the league does try to eliminate roughness, Janssen will need to find another way to benefit his team or see these one year deals stop.