Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today signed free agent defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani to a one-year, two-way contract for $575,000 at the NHL level. The announcement was made by Devils’ General Manager Ray Shero.
Gragnani, 28, joins the Devils’ organization after spending the last two seasons overseas, including this past one with Bern (Swi). He led the NLA in points by a defenseman with 37 (8g-29a) and was named to the league’s All-Star Team. The 6-2, 200-lb. blueliner played the 2013-14 season with Lev Praha (KHL) after six professional seasons in North America.
He spent the 2012-13 campaign with the Carolina Hurricanes organization, and split 2011-12 between Buffalo and Vancouver. For four seasons, from 2007-08 though 2010-11, he was with the Buffalo Sabres organization. In 2010-11 with Portland, he received the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s top defenseman, was named to the league’s First All-Star Team, and led all defensemen in assists (48) and points (60).
Gragnani has career NHL totals of three goals and 15 assists for 18 points and 34 penalty minutes in 74 regular-season games. He has career AHL totals of 50 goals and 184 assists for 234 points and 214 penalty minutes in 325 games played with Rochester, Portland and Charlotte.
Born March 11, 1987 in Montreal, Que., Gragnani was selected by Buffalo in the third round, 87th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons of junior hockey with Prince Edward Island (QMJHL) and represented Silver Medal-winning Team Canada at the 2005 Under-18 World Junior Championships. Gragnani also participated in the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia for Team Canada.