New Jersey Devils Re-Sign Tyce Thompson for minimum two seasons in the NHL

Earlier this afternoon, New Jersey Devils They announced that they had signed one of the remaining restricted free agents who had applied for arbitration. No, not Jesper Bratt – who has until tomorrow at 9 a.m. to get it done before his hearing. The Devils and Tyce Thompson reached a two-season contract worth a total of $1.525 million. This means that Thompson will incur a cap of $762,500 when he is in the NHL.

According to the Devils’ announcement, it’s a two-way contract for the first season of the deal. Thompson will pay an average of $750,000 in salary when he is in the NHL and $175,000 in salary when he is in the AHL. In the second season of the contract, it becomes a one-way deal as Thompson will get $775,000 regardless of whether he is a demon or a sinner. According to the NHL CBA Extension, the NHL minimum salary for 2022-23 is $750,000 and for 2023-24 is $775,000. Thompson was re-signed to the minimum league in both years with the only pay increase resulting from the contract switching to a one-way deal in 2023-24.

I will admit that I would have been curious to see how the Thomson judging session would go. He has played all nine NHL games in his career. He has one pass and seven shots on the net. In 2021, he played seven games with New Jersey and 11 with Binghamton in a shortened campaign for the pandemic. Last season, he participated in only two matches in November and Then he sustained an injury in that second game that required shoulder surgery. This caused the young striker to miss most of the season when he returned to the Utica Comets in April. He played in the playoffs with the Comets and also finished the season. The question remains open as to what Thompson could do in professional hockey. I’m not sure what might even come up as a similar exhibit or exhibition if a hearing had taken place on the scheduled date of August 11th. He has yet to play anything close to an entire season in professional hockey.

The arbitration filing was clearly to establish a timetable for the completion of the transaction. mission accomplished. The deal was for the bottom line of the NHL, though Thompson and his agent could feel good about getting a one-way paycheck in season two. This upcoming and pre-season training camp will be crucial for Thompson to determine why he is on the sidelines of keeping the NHL out of college in the first place. Fabian Zetterlund’s appearance last season, Jesper Bookvist retention, and the possible arrival of Alex Holtz (among other comets like Nolan Foot and Graeme Clark) mean it won’t necessarily be easy for Thompson to get a spot. Plus he’s 23 and so there might not be much room to develop in his game – although a lack of experience could mean he could thrive a little later.

In the view of Tom Fitzgerald and his staff, this was a task to be taken care of. He needed a new deal, there wasn’t a lot of money and time, and the only requirement was to get it done before August 11th. If it works, that’s great; New Jersey gets at least a deep wing on the NHL minimum salary. If not, he can work on refining his game for an entire season at Utica. Thompson is not eligible for exemptions for 2022-23 provided he plays fewer than 63 NHL games. Which if he plays in a lot of games, he’s probably too good to play in AHL anyway. In 2023-24 he will have to clear the wire to waive any reduction.

Honestly, Tyce Thompson hasn’t done much of anything yet to think he could be anyone in the pro game. This signature isn’t really worth celebrating outside of Thompson and his people. There is less criticism given that it represents the bare minimum of deals in the NHL. It was something that had to be done and it was.

Now, Fitzgerald, please sign Pratt before 9AM ET tomorrow. And she might consider terms with Miles Wood before August 6th unless the team really wants to go through the judging session. (Maybe they do, it’s an off-team referee after all.) Once that’s sorted and Zetterlund re-signed, the Devils’ offseason could focus on getting some players on the PTO and continuing to prepare for training camp next month.

In the meantime, what do you think of this signature? Do you think Tyce Thompson will meet the minimum NHL contract? Do you think we’ll see more of him in New Jersey or Utica in the next couple of seasons? Please leave your answers and other thoughts on Thompson and his new contract in the comments. thank you for reading.

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