Drew Stafford Signs with New Jersey Devils

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Drew Stafford #19 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Ottawa Senators during the first period of Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Ottawa Senators during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 23, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

As we slowly approach September, teams are still looking to fill out their rosters and add depth. On Friday, the New Jersey Devils did just this, signing veteran forward Drew Stafford to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Drew Stafford Signs with New Jersey Devils

Stafford, 31, spent the 2016-17 season with the Winnipeg Jets and Boston Bruins. In 40 games with the Jets, Stafford scored just four goals and 13 points, nowhere near what Winnipeg was hoping for.

He was in the final year of a two year, $8.7 million contract signed back on June 30, 2015 with the Jets. When the contract was signed, Stafford had just scored 19 points in his first 26 games in Winnipeg after being acquired in the Tyler MyersEvander Kane trade.

However, in recent seasons, his production has dipped, with 2016-17 being one of the lowest marks of his career. Upon arriving in Boston in a deadline deal, in which half of his salary was retained, Stafford slightly increased his production, scoring four goals and eight points in 18 games as a Bruin.

In the postseason, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin native scored two goals in Boston’s first round exit at the hands of the Ottawa Senators.

Once a productive second line scorer, Stafford is now a bottom six, depth player. The New Jersey Devils are picking up a cheap, veteran player who can still provide in a minor role in the lineup. Stafford was lucky to receive a contract, not a professional try-out, from the Devils as well. This late in the summer, it is common to see players like Drew Stafford receive an invite to camp, rather than a guaranteed contract.

Of course, if Stafford doesn’t have a good camp or is beaten out by one of the Devils younger forwards, New Jersey can easily place him on waivers to have a veteran presence with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League.

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