Jan 25, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas (22) and left wing Patrik Elias (26) leave the ice after practice the day before the Stadium Series hockey game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Should The Devils Give Eric Gelinas a 1-Way Contract?

Eric Gelinas is going into free agency fresh off of an enlightening campaign where he had 7 goals and 22 assists in 60 games with the New Jersey squad. In Albany, Gelinas played 13 games and had 1 goal and 4 assists. In 4 playoff games with Albany, Gelinas registered an assist.

Gelinas has now completed a 3-year, 2-way, $2.7 million Entry Level contract.

Eric played in 1 game in the 2012-13 season so this year was technically not his first year in the NHL. Gelinas was one of the few, along with Jon Merrill, to be the candidates to make the leap to the NHL this season.

One thing that the Devils did this season was send down some guys that did not deserve to be sent down to make more room on the roster. The Devils also have a lot more veteran defenders (Bryce Salvador and Anton Volchenkov) that might not even be on the roster come opening day.

The Devils may give Gelinas more than one year but it all depends on how much they give him. Last season, Gelinas’ base NHL salary was $650,000 and also had $160,000 in player bonuses built into his contract.

His contract was his first after being drafted 54th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft. His contract started in 2011-12.

Eric Gelinas doesn’t have too much leverage in regards to 1-way versus 2-way since he is a Restricted Free Agent this off-season.

Gelinas has certainly shown his offensive worth but his defensive play has lacked at times as well.

I believe that the Devils should give Gelinas a 1-way contract, but only if they get rid of some of the old players. All signs point to either of the aforementioned veterans being removed from the roster and, if so, the Devils should show commitment with Gelinas.

Do you think Gelinas has earned the right to be basically ensured an NHL spot?

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