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New Jersey Devils re-sign pair, add defenseman and goaltender

The New Jersey Devils have re-signed forwards Max Willman and Nathan Légaré to one-year, two-way contracts the team announced on Tuesday. Willman and Légaré spent time with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League in 2023-24.

On Monday, the Devils announced they had signed defenseman Seamus Casey and goaltender Jakub Málek to entry-level contracts. Casey’s contract is for three seasons, while Málek’s is for two seasons.

Willman played four seasons in the Philadelphia Flyers organization before signing with the New Jersey Devils in 2023-24. In 33 games for the Comets, he had 12 goals, 10 assists, 14 PIM, and was a -9. The 29-year-old also played 18 games for the Devils, with three goals, one assist, two PIM, and a +1.

Légaré was acquired by the Devils in a March 10 trade with the Montreal Canadiens for forward Arnaud Durandeau. The 23-year-old played 15 games for the Comets in 2023-24, registering two goals, one assist, and 19 PIM. In 39 games for the Laval Rocket, he had six goals, three assists, 42 PIM, and was a -10.

Defenseman Seamus Casey was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 2022 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He just completed his sophomore season at the University of Michigan where in 40 games, he had seven goals, 38 assists, 14 PIM, and was a +4. In six games for Team USA at the 2024 IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships, he had no goals, six assists, two PIM, and was a +8.

Goaltender Jakub Málek is a native of the Czech Republic and played the last two seasons in Finland’s SM-Liiga league. In 27 games played in 2023-24, he posted a record of 16-4-5, with a 2.32 GAA, 0.915 save percentage, and two shutouts. The 22-year-old Málek was drafted by New Jersey in the fourth round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

Contract and statistic sources: https://capfriendly.com, https://hockeydb.com, and https://eliteprospects.com.

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