I was just able to get Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello on his cell phone for a couple of minutes. He was in the middle of a conference call, but he did confirm the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Scott Clemmensen on a one-year, two-way contract. He said the deal will not be registered with the NHL and the NHL Players' Association until tomorrow, though.
"He's going to be a tutor for (Jeff) Frazee in Lowell (AHL)," Lamoriello said.
Clemmensen filled a similar role with Justin Pogge for the Toronto Marlies (AHL) last season. He also got in three games with the Maple Leafs.
Lamoriello said the decision to sign Clemmensen was unrelated to Jordan Parise signing to play in Austria (Salzburg) next season. The Devils did not make Jordan (Zach's older brother) a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.
"We just mutually decided that a change of scenery for one year might be good for him," Lamoriello said of Jordan Parise.
Restricted free agent center Rod Pelley remains unsigned, but Lamoriello said center Petr Vrana, also a restricted free agent, has re-signed. I don't have the details on that deal, yet. He said the deal with Fedor Fedorov is still not completed.
Although Ivan Khomutov, also a restricted free agent, has reportedly signed with CSKA Moskow of the Russian Continental League, Lamoriello said he had not heard that the deal was official.
"That was the direction he was leaning in," he said.
I finally was able to ask Lamoriello about Matt Halischuk and he corrected himself and said he would be eligible to play in the AHL next season if he doesn't make the big club because he is 20 years old. He said he was "thinking of something else" when I asked him about that a couple of weeks ago and had intended to call me back and correct me on that.