Newark, N.J. - New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello has made his first free agent signing this summer bringing back Mattias Tedenby with a one-year deal worth $600,000. Tedenby, 23, was the Devils’ 2008 first round draft pick and has been in and out of the Devils roster for the past three seasons.
Listed at 5-foot-9, 175-pounds he certainly does not pack a powerful punch, but makes up for it with his lightning quick hands and speed. In 105 career NHL games Tedenby compiled 9 goals and 20 assists with a plus/minus of minus-12. There have been flashes of a high caliber player in Tedenby, but he has yet to break out of his shell.
This past season did not help his development after he was sidelined for six weeks after getting his face sliced open by a skate blade.
In a financial standpoint the deal is great for both parties. The deal cuts $275,000 from his three-year entry deal worth $875,000 a year, saving the Devils some needed cash moving forward to future free agent signings. For Tedenby, the injury he sustained may have taken some interest away from other teams, this allows him a second chance to prove what he has to both the Devils and the NHL.