Left wing Jay Pandolfo is glad to be staying in New Jersey and said he didn't have much interest in checking out what he could have made on the open market. That's why he passed on unrestricted free agency to sign a three-year contract at $2.5 million per season with the Devils.
"My first preference was to come back," he said. "I didn't want to leave. I know what I have in New Jersey. I know the organization. I just figured that if I could get what I wanted, I'd rather stay in New Jersey."
Pandolfo said the sides negotiated his deal "pretty much over the last week" finalized it late Monday night.
"These things just take time," he said.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello was pleased to re-sign Pandolfo. He said it came down to a picking betwen Pandolfo and Sergei Brylin. The Devils opted to keep Pandolfo and not exercise the option year on Brylin's contract. Brylin also passed on his option and decided to become an unrestricted free agent.
“It was certainly a time in (Pandolfo's) life where he had to make a decision and we had to make a decision," Lamoriello said. "We could not keep both Jay Pandolfo and Sergei Brylin in the roles that they play and also with the young players that have to be infused into this lineup. We’re delighted to have Jay back. He wanted to be back. We wanted him back and you find a way."