Center Bobby Holik is also returning to the Devils after signing a one-year deal for $2.5 million today.
"Familiarity and wanting to play for a team that can be at the top of their conference, wanting to play winning hockey at the end of my career," Holik said in listing the reasons for returning to the Devils. "At this point in my career, I wasn't going to start new somewhere else and when Lou (Lamoriello) called, it was like, 'Why not?' because I'm ready for it."
Holik, 37, won Stanley Cups with the Devils in 1995 and 2000 before signing with the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent in 2002. Holik had 15 goals and 19 assists in 82 games while captaining the Atlanta Thrashers last season, but the Thrashers expressed no interest in re-signing him.
Holik said he "didn't play the market at all because we had a few teams in mind."
"It's all about hockey for me now," he said. "I want to finish my career having fun and playing good hockey, playing on a good team with good team players for a good organization and New Jersey provided that all."