Add Brian Gionta to the list of former Devils. Gionta has signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
Gionta will be reunited in Montreal with fomer Devils' linemate Scott Gomez.
Gionta set a team-record by scoring 48 goals for the Devils in 2005-06. He had 20 goals and 60 points for the Devils in 2008-09,
It appears the Devils will have a very different look next season. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello seems content with moving on with the team he has and allowing younger players fill the holes created by the departures of Gionta, Mike Rupp, Scott Clemmensen and, likely, John Madden.
Lamoriello said he was not expecting to be overly active in the free agent market today.
"We weren't really anticipating anything unless there was something we felt made sense financially and could help us," Lamoriello. "I really focused a few days ago on Johnny (Oduya) and Andy (Greene)."
Lamoriello believes the team has players within the organization to compensate and compete.
"But if there is a case of us getting better we will," Lamoriello said. "We've got to get some of these young players in there."
Lamoreillo did not rule out re-signing unrestricted free agents Brendan Shanahan and Kevin Weekes.
"You never move on from anything," Lamoriello said. "We'll just see how everything goes in the next few days."
Lamoriello said that there is still a possibility that Weekes could be back with the team, bu it sounds like there is a good chance that rookie Jeff Frazee will be Martin Brodeur's backup next season.
"We're going to make a decision in the next few days whether Jeff Frazee will be [the backup] or we'll bring in a veteran so we don't rush Jeff," Lamoriello said. "But we've very, very happy with Jeff."
Lamoriello said Weekes is still an option.
Lamoriello also mentioned having room on the team for Rod Pelley, which seemed to indicate he knew John Madden would leave to sign with Chicago.
Of Rupp signing with Pittsburgh, Lamoriello said, "You have to make decisions. In Mike's case, we have [Pierre-Luc Letourneau-] Leblond. Youv'e got to get some young guys playing,"
Of Clemmensen, he said. "I feel good for him that he's getting that opportunity [with Florida] and he was able to do very well for himself. He deserves it."