John Moore will be heading back to the New York metropolitan area as he signed a three-year, $5 million deal with the New Jersey Devils.
The average cap hit is $1.6 million as reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
John Moore to NJD, three years, AAV of $1.6M. #TSN
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2015
The young defenseman picked up 11 points in 57 games this season between the New York Rangers and the Arizona Coyotes. Moore was a part of the deal that sent him and prospect Anthony Duclair to the desert in exchange for defenseman Keith Yandle.
Moore was a restricted free agent, but became unrestricted when the Coyotes did not give him a qualifying offer.
The 6’3”, 202-pound lefthander had a career-high four goals and 11 assists in the 2013-14 season. He played a key role in the Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup final in 2014.
Moore is considered to be a value pickup for a player that hasn’t even turned 25 yet. He’s a good skater and isn’t afraid to be physical. There was hope that Moore would show some of the promise that had front office personnel raving about him.
The Devils defense is being rebuilt and Moore could be a good depth defenseman. Moore hasn’t put it all together, but New Jersey used to be able to do that with regularity during the team’s heyday. The pickup also fits the type of player that new General Manager Ray Shero would like.
Follow all of Wednesday’s free agent signings with The Hockey Writers’ Free Agent Tracker.
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