Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said that he had been told that center Petr Vrana was considering playing in the Czech Republic next season, "but I have not been told anything official."
"It's not a suprise, though," Lamoriello said.
There are reports out of Czech that Vrana, the Devils' second-round pick, 42nd overall, in 2003, has signed a two-year deal to play for Vitkovice of the Czech Extraliga. Vrana's agent, Tim Cranston, has not yet returned a telephone message I left for him earlier today.
Vrana, 24, re-signed with the Devils as a restricted free agent last summer for one season at $475,000. He underwent season-ending surgery on Jan. 15 to repair a fractured leg he sustained in a Jan. 14 AHL game with Lowell against Providence. He had one goal and no assists in 16 games with the Devils in 2008-09 before clearing waivers and being sent down. He added five goals and four assists in 14 AHL games before being injured.
"He came back this year with the hope of playing and quite frankly with his injury I think, in my mind, he would probably want to go there," Lamoriello said. "I think he still would like to come back to the NHL. We still would retain his rights and it might not do him harm to go there and play."
Left wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond's new contract is a three-year deal for $1.575 million.
The breakdown: 2009-10: $500,000; 2010-11: $525,000; 2011-12: $550,000.
"He did extremely well, so he deserved it," Lamoriello said.
When I asked Lamoriello if he is making any progess in re-signing any of the team's other free agents, he replied, "No. Nothing yet."