Brick native Jim Dowd won't be back with the Devils this season. Instead, the 38-year-old center has accepted an invitation to attend training camp with the Philadelphia Flyers. A source said that though the Flyers did not sign Dowd, an unrestricted free agent, because they don't have salary cap room, they have promised him an opportunity to make the team as their fourth-line center. The Devils also did not offer a contract and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello admitted he could not promise Dowd a spot on the team because he wanted rookies Rod Pelley and David Clarkson to have a chance to make the team. "If Jimmy wanted to come to camp, he could have, but I could not make any guarantees," Lamoriello said.
It appears unrestricted free agent center Erik Rasmussen also will not be back with the Devils. Lamoriello also offered him a chance to come to camp without a contract, but with no guarantees.