The New Jersey Devils have brought back a familiar face, signing Rod Pelley to a one year, two way contract.
While playing with New Jersey’s AHL affiliate, the Lowell Devils in the 2008–09 season, Pelley contributed 38 points in 75 games. On December 12, 2011, Pelley, along with Mark Fraser and a 2012 7th round draft pick, was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Kurtis Foster and Timo Pielmeier. He went on to appear in 45 games for the Ducks, registering 2 goals and 3 points while averaging eight minutes a game.
A free agent with the 2012 NHL lockout in place, Pelley signed midway into the 2012–13 season to a professional try-out contract with the Ducks’ affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL on November 23, 2012. During his time with the Admirals, Pelley only managed to score three goals and ten points in 60 games, while managing to sit in the box for only 34 minutes. Pelley will likely be sent down to the baby Devils once again, where he wont be expected to chip in much offense.
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