I counted Dean and Bernier, but I guess you are right. Albelin had a hang-on-we'll-find-a-spot-for-you situation for a year or two if memory serves me correct. Was Niedermayer a camp tryout or just a very late signing by the Devils?
As for Gomez, it really depends on what they are expecting. If Lou thought Gomez looked good against the Devils last year, well that player could make the team. But that's really not a good player.
It looks it went thus - Albelin was signed to a 2 year deal in 2001 (I think). He played in 2001-02. Then in 2002-03, NJ demoted him initially and kept Zyuzin, then they demoted Zyuzin and Albelin was back to being a 7th D. In 2003-04, NJ signed Albelin to a tryout and then offered him an NHL deal at the end of that tryout. In 2005-06, they signed him 3 days after Malakhov played his last game in NJ (i.e. in desperation). Niedermayer was not a camp tryout; they signed him to a deal during camp. They should've had him try out because he was awful.
The Devils don't have center depth behind their 5 guys. Right now to me they have 5 NHL centers, 2 of whom really haven't proven themselves above a 4th line role: Zajac, Elias, Henrique, S. Gionta, Josefson. Beyond that, it is a total wasteland - it's either Zubrus or Ruutu, and Zubrus demonstrated he does not belong at center anymore in the NHL last year - or Sestito, Pelley, or goddamn Graham Black. They are really up a creek if Zajac or Elias gets hurt for significant time. Now I don't think Gomez is willing to sign a two-way deal, but he may not have a choice unless his camp goes spectacularly - if he's willing to play in Albany to start the year, provided there are no injuries at forward, I think that's a potentially good signing. He'll be a placeholder in case of injuries. I don't want him signed to a one-way with the notion that he will be getting NHL time out of the gate unless he really impresses at camp, which I find unlikely.
Edited by Triumph, 27 August 2014 - 11:30 PM.