The Devils continued to trim their roster on Monday as they assignined four players to their AHL team in Albany. Rookie center Jacob Josefson, rookie right-winger Mattias Tedenby, rookie defenseman Matt Corrente and goalie Mike McKenna were all sent down to Albany.
Devils’ defenseman Rob Davison was placed on waivers earlier today, and there has been no decision as to whether or not he will be assigned to Albany if he clears waivers. Davison is on a one-way contract which pays him $500,000.
Two rookies, Alexander Urbom and Matt Taormina, remain with the Devils and seem likely to make the season-opening roster. Devils’ President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello said the team wanted to “really get a good look at the two offensive defenseman.”
Lamoriello also believes that the AHL can help Josefson and Tedenby in their development.
“Going to Albany is not going to hurt them by any means and they’re certainly close to being ready,” Lamoriello said to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. “This is for today and tomorrow.”
The decision to assign Josefson may open the door for Adam Mair to sign with the Devils. The center, who was brought in on a tryout contract, beat out fellow tryout Marcus Nilson earlier in camp. Lamoriello, however, hasn’t decided whether or not Mair will remain with the team.
“He’ll still be practicing,” Lamoriello said to Gulitti. “We haven’t made any decisions yet.”
These moves are just the beginning, as the Devils still must shed the almost $3 million in excessive cap by 4 p.m. Wednesday. Expect several more moves in the coming days.