Mar 14, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador (24) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Patrik Elias (26) defenseman Anton Volchenkov (28) and right wing Damien Brunner (12) in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Free Agency: Anton Volchenkov Signs With Nashville

The New Jersey Devils had bought out the contract of Anton Volchenkov prior to the beginning of Free Agency to make him an official UFA. Volchenkov’s former contract saw him make over $4 million and it was clear the Devils had to move on with him.

As expected, Volchenkov found a new team. The Nashville Predators signed Volchenkov to a 1-year, $1 million contract.

“Anton provides a strong veteran presence that will complement our young, talented defensive corps nicely,” Poile said. “He is a physical, left-handed shooting defenseman who can match up with top-line forwards and effectively kill penalties.”

Nashville gave Volchenkov a much more reasonable deal and if the Devils had that contract, they would have kept him. Volchenkov is a known shot-blocker and physical defender and it will be interesting to see his reunion when he returns to the Prudential Center next season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning also signed another former Devil. Corrente was selected 30th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and joined the Lowell Devils for the 2008-09 season.

Corrente’s last season with the organization was with 2012-13 season and spent last season with the Carolina Hurricanes organization on the Charlotte Checkers. He signed a 2-way, $550,000 deal with an AHL salary of $125,000. He is expected to start the season with the Syracuse Crunch.

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