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  • Friday, July 05, 2013

    Devils Sign Clowe, Olesz & Ryder

    All Statements Courtesy of the New Jersey Devils

    The New Jersey Devils today signed free-agent forward Ryane Clowe to a new contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.

    Clowe, 30, will enter his eighth National Hockey League season, after splitting 2012-13 between San Jose and the New York Rangers. He appeared in 40 games overall, recording three goals and 16 assists for 19 points and 40 penalty minutes.

    The 6-2, 225-lb. forward was traded on April 2, 2013, after spending nine-plus seasons with the Sharks’ organization. He also saw action in two post-season contests, notching one assist.

    Clowe has career totals of 104 goals and 175 assists for 279 points and 581 penalty minutes in 435 career regular-season NHL contests, while also seeing action in 70 playoff games. In 2010-11, he notched career highs with 24 goals, 38 assists (also 2009-10) and 62 points.

    Born September 30, 1982, the native of St. John’s, Nfld. began his professional career in 2003-04 with Cleveland (AHL). He was San Jose’s fifth choice (6th round), and 175th overall selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He played three seasons of junior hockey with Rimouski and Montreal (QMJHL).


    The New Jersey Devils today signed forward Rostislav Olesz to a new contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.

    Olesz, 27, will enter his ninth year in North America, after spending the 2012-13 season with Rockford (AHL). He notched seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points and four penalty minutes in 14 games for the IceHogs. The 6-2, 215-lb. winger last played in the NHL in 2011-12, splitting the season between the Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford.

    He was traded on June 25, 2011 after six seasons with the Panthers’ organization. Olesz has career totals of 57 goals and 75 assists for 132 points and 118 penalty minutes in 355 NHL regular-season contests. He posted a career-high 14 goals during the 2007-08 and 2009-10 seasons, as well as 30 points in 2006-07.

    Born October 10, 1985 in Bilovec, Czech Rep., he won a Bronze Medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. He also participated in the 2007 and 2009 World Championships, and 2004 and 2005 World Junior tournament. Olesz was Florida’s first choice, and seventh overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.


    The New Jersey Devils today signed forward Michael Ryder. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed. Ryder, 33, will enter his tenth NHL season and 14th year as a pro. He split 2012-13 between Dallas and Montreal, scoring 16 goals and 19 assists for 35 points and 16 penalty minutes in 46 appearances. The 6-0, 200-lb. winger also appeared in five games during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    He was re-acquired by the Canadiens on February 26, after one-plus years with the Stars. Ryder has career totals of 213 goals and 218 assists for 431 points and 305 penalty minutes in 677 regular-season games with Montreal, Boston and Dallas. He was a member of the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup Championship team, and has appeared in 75 career playoff games, notching 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points.

    Born March 31, 1980 in Bonavista, Nfld., he has appeared in all 82 games on three occasions. He was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2003-04, when he posted a career-high 63 points to lead all first-year players. Ryder was Montreal’s ninth choice (8th round), and 216th overall selection in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He played three seasons of junior hockey with Hull (QMJHL), and represented Bronze Medal-winning Team Canada at the 2000 World Junior Championship.

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