Devils extend D Greene's contract
Updated On: Jul 31 2014 10:06:22 AM CDT
The New Jersey Devils re-signed veteran defenseman Andy Greene to a multiyear contract on Wednesday.
The team did not disclose terms of the contract, but Northjersey.com reported the deal to be five years for $25 million. Greene was entering in the final year of a four-year contract he signed in 2011.
The 31-year-old Greene finished last season with a career-high eight goals and 24 assists for 32 points in 82 games. He was among four Devils players to see action in all 82 regular-season games.
"Andy has evolved into an all-situation player and that's a tremendous compliment because there are very few in the League that you can say are all-situation players," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "He can also play both left and right, depending on what is asked of him.
"Andy comes to the rink, does his job day in and day out, and never takes a practice off, never looks left or right, and is always focused on what he's doing. To me, that's a top-flight defenseman."
Greene joined the Devils as a free agent in 2006. Only forwards Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac has been with the team longer.
"He's a pure Devil, and that's another reason we wanted to get this contract done," Lamoriello said.
In eight seasons with the Devils, Greene has 28 goals and 149 points in 477 regular-season games and three goals and seven points in 45 playoff games.
"It was important for us to have Andy signed to a long-term contract," Lamoriello said. "He carries the most minutes in each critical situation, whether it's five-on-five, on the power play and, in particular, the penalty kill. So we have to keep ice time away from him so that late in games he isn't tired."
Greene is looking forward to helping the Devils be a playoff contender.
"I want to take more of a leadership role since I've always been looked at as that type of player," Greene said. "But you can't be someone you're not. I won't say something just to say something to a player. I don't try to force it and become something other than I am."
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