Tom Gulitti updated his Fire and Ice blog with the latest NJ Devils Free Agency news.
Gulitti mentioned that Mark Fayne has always placed returning to the Devils as his first choice but also said that his agent added that it is “looking less likely” that he will re-sign with New Jersey.
Either GM Lou Lamoriello knows something, or he has finally lost it. Who am I kidding, I’ll jump back on the Lou bandwagon once he makes a genius move.
Mark Fayne has been garnering interest from several teams to this point, with the most public team being the Edmonton Oilers. Fayne’s agent and Lamoriello are scheduled to meet sometime during the Draft that starts tonight in Philly. They last spoke “a couple days ago, but not since.”
Fayne has been a busy man since teams could sniff around free agents to garner interest about signing but could not talk about the contracts themselves.
As for Stephen Gionta, his agent said that he has not been able to meet with Lou but a deal is inevitable between the two. Lou Lamoriello has been vocal about keeping the entire CBGB line (unfortunately) and the two parties are hoping to meet before the Draft concludes tomorrow.
It has certainly been an interesting start to free agency with Brodeur testing the waters with 6 teams already, the whole CBGB situation, and the problem surrounding Mark Fayne.
That problem is the fact that the Devils might let Fayne walk in favor of Bryce Salvador and/or Anton Volchenkov. Fayne has been labeled by some as a turnover machine, but what is Salvador? It’s genuinely hard to watch Salvador play because he doesn’t seem to ever make the right choice.
There is certainly more to this story as free agency unfolds for the New Jersey Devils. Stick to Pucks and Pitchforks for more updates.