Now that all of the major transactions are out of the way, the next step of Lou Lamoriello’s plan is to lock up any straggling UFA or RFA free agents within the system. While deals are still being worked out with top RFA’s Adam Henrique and Jacob Josefson, news broke today that RFA Mike Hoeffel and UFA Cam Janssen have been signed to contracts to keep them on the Devils.
Not much information has been released about the Hoeffel deal, except that it happened.
RFA Mike Hoeffel has re-signed with the Devils.
— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) July 8, 2013
Mike was drafted as soon as he hit his freshman year at the University of Minnesota in 2007. The Devils were impressed with his U-18 Tournament status and the subsequent Silver Medal he earned with Team USA at that same tournament. He totaled up 11 points (6 G, 5 A) in 11 games. As a Golden Gopher, he totaled up 87 points (48 G, 39 A) in 149 games. He has not quite produced as well at Albany thus far as he has only scored 21 points (12 G, 9 A) in 112 games.
He had produced a fair amount in college and he has represented the United States in a U-18 and U-20 tournament. The problem is, he hasn’t produced in Albany and has had a fair amount of time to produce numbers for them.
Very mixed reactions have come out of the Cam Janssen signing to this point. He doesn’t have the sexy numbers that would get him instant stardom in Albany. He signed a 1 year, 2-way contract at the league minimum of 550 thousand dollars. Many people think he is a waste of a roster spot and part of me agrees with that. The other part sees that we have an enforcer in our system that we don’t really have anywhere else. The only other person even remotely close is Krys Barch at the “reserve enforcer” role.
Despite what I have written in the past (see Cam Janssen), after further review, I like that the contract is only one year at a minimum salary. He has been given plenty of time to produce because, despite being an enforcer, he still is a winger and he needs to put up more numbers too. This is the make-or-break year for Mr. Janssen.
For the first time in my articles, you can now choose 2 answers in this new poll. I have laid out the Good, Neutral, and Horrible viewpoints on Mike Hoeffel and Cam Janssen signings
As always, feel free to jump for joy or vent your frustrations in the comments.