Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Alex Mogilny rejoins Devils

Sportsnet is reporting that Alexander 'The Great' Mogilny has signed a two-year contract with the New Jersey Devils.

While Devils GM Lou Lamoriello may have overpaid at $3.5-million per season for the 36-year-old — after all, it had been speculated Mogilny's recent hip injury would force his retirement — New Jersey is in tough to replace the scoring of Patrick Elias.

Elias, who was resigned by the Devils, had a serious run in with Hepatitis A in March while playing in Russia. The all-star winger lost some 30 pounds, and reports claimed the disease was so serious it could have killed him. Elias will not start the season with New Jersey and may not be able to suit up at all this year.

Even with Elias, the Devils are looking mighty thin up front. Aside from Elias and Gomez, the next highest-scoring player from 2003-04 left on the club is Jeff Friesen, who had 37 points.

Should Mogilny manage to stay relatively injury-free for the 2005-06 campaign, it's not unforseeable that he could repeat the success he had in the swamp in 2000-01.

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