Center Rod Pelley was among the players to take part in today's on-ice sessions at the Devils' development camp, but he remains unsigned.
"We're just in negotiations right now," said Pelley, who is a restricted free agent. "I don't get too involved with that. It's my agent and Lou (Lamoriello)."
Pelley, who has been living in New Jersey and working out at Prudential Center for most of the off-season, didn't sound worried about his contract situation.
"I am not concerned it won't get done," he said. "I don't know too much about it."
Pelley, who said he has insurance in case he is injured, and defensemen Sheldon Brookbank and Andy Greene have been working out at the Devils' facilities with team strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Vasalani and decided to take part in the development camp to get in some extra on-ice work in.
"They've been working out here and they asked if they could jump in and I said, 'yes,'" Lamoriello said. "I think it's great for them to want to do that."
Fedor Fedorov made it clear this morning that he didn't sign with the Devils to play in Lowell this season. "That's the only reason I'm here," he said. "(Otherwise) there's no point in me being here."
Fedorov, 27, said he signed a one-way deal, meaning he'll receive the same salary even if he's in the AHL. It's a one-year contract for $500,000.
Fedorov, the younger brother of Capitals center Sergei Fedorov, also stated firmly that the he is no longer under contract with Moscow Dynamo, the Russian team he played for last season, and doesn't understand why he's been suspended from international play by the International Ice Hockey Federation.
"My contract was over last year," he said. "I haven't signed another one (with Dynamo). (The contact) was over fourth months ago now."
Although it was never mentioned by Lamoriello before he signed with the team two weeks ago, goaltender Scott Clemmensen said he understands that part of his job will be tutoring rookie Jeff Frazee in Lowell.
"It was never mentioned specifically," said Clemmensen, who signed a one-year deal to return to the organization after spending last season with the Maple Leafs organization. "But I've always done that. It's always been like that here. The older players help the younger players."
Clemmensen said he had a similar role last year with Justin Pogge with the AHL Toronto Marlies.
It was interesting to see former Devil Slava Fetisov, now Minister of Sports in Russia, and International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel at Prudential Center this morning. They and two guests got a short tour of the facilities from Lamoriello. I jokingly asked Lamoriello if he was negotiating a new transfer agreement.
"It has nothing to do with the IIHF agreement," Lamoriello said.
Lamoriello said Fetisov often returns to New Jersey to visit and still has a place to live here.
Today's black-white scrimmage was still 1-1 after three periods, so it was decided by a shootout. After having to leave the ice earlier to have a cut on his face treated, center Adam Henrique, the Devils' third-round choice in June's draft, returned to give the White team the win by beating Clemmensen for the deciding goal.
John MacLean, Tommy Albelin and Jacques Laperriere (still a special assignment coach in the organization) ran the drills on the ice today. MacLean and Laperriere ran the benches during the scrimmage while Albelin officiated. Brent Sutter is not attending the development camp.
One observation from today: 2006 first-round pick Matt Corrente appears to have filled out his 6-foot frame well. He's no longer the skinny kid he was in camp two years ago. Also, Mark Fraser (6-3, 220) looks like he's filled out.
Finally, I have to apologize for and correct my error on why 2008 first-round pick Mattias Tedenby is not at this development camp. I misunderstood Lamoriello yesterday when I asked about Tedenby.
When Lamoriello said Tedenby was in Sweden, I thought he meant with his pro team in Sweden. What Lamoriello meant was that Tedenby is practicing with the Swedish 20-and-under national team that will be playing in Lake Placid next month. That is why he is unavailable for this camp.
Also, left wing Mike Hoefflel, the Devils' first pick (second round) in the 2007 draft, was unable to attend because he's taking summer classes at the University of Minnesota and then is headed to Lake Placid for the U.S. junior team evaluation camp. Although he is still in college, Hoeffel would have been eligible to participate if he paid his own way to New Jersey.