Audio – Kyle Palmieri Conference Call

Forward Kyle Palmieri, who the Devils acquired in a trade from Anaheim on June 28, spoke to reporters on a conference call this afternoon.

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Audio – John Moore Conference Call

Defenseman John Moore, who the Devils signed as a free agent yesterday, spoke with reporters on a conference call this morning.

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Devils Today 7/2/15

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Press Release – Devils Sign Forward Jim O’Brien

The New Jersey Devils today signed free agent forward Jim O’Brien to a one-year, two-way contract for $575,000 at the NHL level. The announcement was made by Devils’ General Manager Ray Shero.

O’Brien, 26, joins the Devils’ organization after completing the 2014-15 season with Hershey (AHL). While with the Bears, he recorded 10g-19a-29pts and 26 penalty minutes in 32 regular-season games, while adding 3g-1a-4pts and 8 PIM in ten post-season contests. The 6-2, 200-lb. forward began last season with Novokuznetsk Metallurg (KHL).

He saw action in 63 regular-season NHL matches with Ottawa from 2010-11 through 2012-13, recording 8g-4a-12pts and 14 PIM in the regular-season. O’Brien also appeared in seven career NHL playoff games, posting one assist. He began his pro career in 2008-09 with Binghamton (AHL), was a member of its 2011 Calder Cup Championship team, and has totaled 60g-86a-146pts and 198 penalty minutes in 266 career AHL games.

Born January 29, 1989 in Maplewood, MN, O’Brien was Ottawa’s first choice and the 29th overall selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He spent two seasons, 2007-08 and 2008-09, with Seattle (WHL), after winning the 2007 WCHA Championship with Minnesota. O’Brien represented Team USA at the 2009 World Junior Championships, won a Gold Medal at the 2006 Under-18 World Junior Championships, and a Silver in 2007. He played for the United States Development Program in both 2004-05 and 2005-06.

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Press Release – Devils Sign Forward Paul Thompson

The New Jersey Devils today signed free agent forward Paul Thompson to a two-year, two-way contract with an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level. The announcement was made by Devils’ General Manager Ray Shero.

Thompson, 26, set a new franchise record and finished second (tie) in the American Hockey League with 33 goals in 73 games for Albany last season; he entered 2014-15 with 39 goals in 200 AHL contests. Thompson ranked second in the AHL with 13 power play tallies and was fifth with 237 shots on goal. The 6-1, 205-lb. forward’s four-year professional career also includes three seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) under new Devils’ Head Coach John Hynes, as well as stints with Springfield (AHL) and Wheeling (ECHL). He signed with Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent on March 28, 2011.

A native of Methuen, MA, Thompson made his professional debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on April 1, 2011 vs. Charlotte after four years at the University of New Hampshire (HE). During his senior season, Thompson recorded 28g-24a-52pts in 39 games for the Wildcats, was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and was named to the NCAA East First All-American Team. He also led Hockey East in scoring, was chosen as the conference’s Player of the Year and as a member of its First All-Star Team.

Prior to his collegiate career, Thompson played two seasons with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (EJHL). He scored a league-leading 45 goals/83 points in 2006-07 and was named the EJHL’s Most Valuable Player.

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