New Jersey Devils Sign RFA Forward

The New Jersey Devils took care of some business on Sunday as the team finalized a contract with restricted free agent forward Jesper Bratt. The deal is for two years at $2.75 million per season, which is a great deal for both sides.

Bratt appeared in 60 games last year for the Devils and recorded 32 points. The former sixth-round pick is as balanced as they come with 16 goals and 16 assists last season. The Devils are hoping the development continues and Bratt can turn himself into a bona-fide top-six forward. 

New Jersey has a full 23 man roster currently and will need to make room for another body. They need to sign a backup goalie with some experience. Corey Crawford decided to retire this weekend and the team is going to need to move quick. There's a chance the likes of Scott Darling, Jimmy Howard and Mike Condon get a look.

As for Bratt he solidifies himself job security for a couple of years. Management likes what they see and Bratt joins a good young core up front. 

The Devils are a wildcard team this season to keep an eye on. Especially if they're coming into this season fighting each other.

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