With all that's been on Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello's plate in the last week -- draft, coaching search, free agency -- defenseman Andy Greene was willing to be patient. It paid off today when the Devils re-signed Greene, 26, to a two-year deal for $1.475 million.
"I knew the process was going to take time with everything else that's going on with the coaching situation and the draft," Greene said in a phone conversation from his home Michigan. "So, I wasn't worried about it at all. I knew it was going to get done and wasn't really thinking about anything else."
Greene's deal pays him $725,000 in 2009-10 and $750,000 in 2010-11.
Greene became an unrestricted free agent at noon today. He would have been a restricted free agent if the Devils had made him the necessary one-year, $660,000 qualifying offer before Monday's 5 p.m. deadline, but they chose not to. Still, Greene said there was never a doubt in his mind that he wanted to be back.
"New Jersey is the place where I want to be," he said. "I want to play there. It's a great atmosphere to play in and to be in. They do everything they can to take care of us there. You know what your'e getting when you're there, so it's the place where I wanted to be and I knew going into it that everything was going to be fine."