Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today re-signed five players to new contracts: forwards Steve Bernier, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta and Cam Janssen; and defenseman Peter Harrold. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
Bernier, 27, enters his second season with the Devils’ organization and eighth NHL campaign overall, after attending the team’s 2011 training camp on a tryout basis. He was signed to a two-way contract January 30, 2012 after previously signing with Albany October 27. This past season, the 6-3, 220-lb. forward appeared in 17 regular-season AHL games (3g-3a-6pts) and 32 NHL regular-season matches (1g-5a-6pts). Bernier also appeared in all 24 post-season games en-route to the Stanley Cup Finals (2g-5a-7pts). His career totals show 77 goals and 88 assists for 165 points and 213 penalty minutes in 417 regular-season games with San Jose, Buffalo, Vancouver, Florida and New Jersey. The native of Quebec City, Que. has also seen AHL action with Cleveland and Worcester. He was named to the 2002 QMJHL All-Rookie Team and 2003/2004 QMJHL Second All-Star Teams. Bernier was San Jose’s second choice and 16th overall selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Carter, 28, enters his second season with the Devils and seventh pro season overall. He was claimed off waivers by New Jersey October 26, 2011 after beginning the year with Florida. The 6-1, 200-lb. forward saw action in 72 regular-season games in 2011-12, recording four goals and four assists for eight points and 90 penalty minutes. Carter added five goals and two assists for seven points and 32 penalty minutes in 23 playoff games, including two game-winning goals. His NHL totals show 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points and 275 penalty minutes in 254 career regular-season games with Anaheim, Carolina, Florida and New Jersey. Born August 3, 1983 in White Bear Lake, MN, he made his pro debut with Portland (AHL) in 2006-07. Carter also played two seasons with Minnesota State-Mankato (WCHA) and two years with Green Bay (USHL).
Gionta, 28, enters his seventh season with the Devils’ organization, having seen action during each of the last two seasons with both Albany and New Jersey. In 2011-12, he posted six goals and ten assists for 16 points and 40 penalty minutes in 56 AHL games. The 5-7, 185-lb. forward made his 2011-12 NHL debut in the April 7 regular-season finale and recorded the game-winner, marking his first career NHL goal. Gionta appeared in all 24 post-season contests, posting three goals and four assists for seven points and four penalty minutes. Born October 9, 1983 in Rochester, NY, he is the AHL Devils’ all-time leader in games played (360), goals (56), assists (79) and points (135). He played four seasons at Boston College from 2002-03 through 2005-06, totaling 33 goals and 57 assists for 90 points in 151 games. Gionta made two trips to the Frozen Four and was a member of the Eagles’ 2005 Hockey East Championship team. Stephen is the younger brother of former Devils’ forward Brian Gionta.
Janssen, 28, became the 22nd player in Devils’ history to be re-acquired and see action with the team. He recorded one assist and 75 penalty minutes while appearing in 48 regular-season games last season. The 6-0, 215-lb. forward re-signed with New Jersey on July 14, 2011 after spending the previous three-plus seasons with St. Louis. Janssen’s NHL totals show three goals and eight assists for 11 points and 750 penalty minutes in 308 career regular-season games. He began his pro career with Albany in 2004-05, and made his NHL debut the following season. Born April 15, 1984 in St. Louis, MO, he was selected by New Jersey in the fourth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Janssen played three-plus seasons with Windsor (OHL), prior to completing his junior career with Guelph (OHL) in 2003-04.
Harrold, 29, enters his second season with the Devils’ organization and seventh professional campaign overall. He split 2011-12 between Albany (AHL) and New Jersey, appearing in 61 games for the AHL Devils (5g-21a-26pts) and 11 NHL regular-season contests (2a). The 6-0, 190-lb. defenseman also added four assists in 17 post-season games. Harrold originally signed with the club August 12, 2011 after spending the previous five seasons with the Kings’ organization. He has compiled eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points and 50 penalty minutes in 175 career NHL regular-season appearances. Born June 8, 1983 in Kirtland Hills, OH, he spent four seasons at Boston College (HE), where he played in two Frozen Four tournaments, and was a member of the Eagles’ 2005 Hockey East Championship squad. Harrold has also seen action with Manchester (AHL), and three seasons with Cleveland (NAHL).