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Rotowire: Sep 16 / 2:56p ET
News: Tlusty signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Devils on Thursday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Impact: Tlusty's reluctance to accept a professional tryout offer from the multitude of teams pursuing him looks like it has finally paid off, though not nearly to the extent he probably hoped when free agency opened back in July. Though the 27-year-old landed a guaranteed, one-way contract, he'll be forced to settle for a pay cut of over $2 million, despite roughly matching his production from 2013-14 with 14 goals and 31 points in 72 games between the Hurricanes and Jets last season. Tlusty will amount to a huge bargain for the Devils, who could have a right-wing spot open for him on the second line after the leading candidate for that role -- prospect Reid Boucher -- suffered a concussion in a rookie tournament game over the weekend that will complicate his availability for training camp.
Rotowire: Sep 16 / 1:08p ET
News: Tlusty, who remains an unrestricted free agent, has rejected at least five professional tryout offers from NHL teams, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Several of the bottom-six forward options remaining on the free agency market this offseason have settled for PTOs in the last week with training camps set to begin soon, but Tlusty continues to angle for a one-year contract. In an attempt to increase his leverage on a deal, Tlusty and his representatives have emphasized the winger's willingness to head to the KHL, where he'd likely command a higher guaranteed salary, albeit in a lower-profile league. It sounds like the 27-year-old, who tallied 14 goals with the Hurricanes and Jets last season, will wait it out a little longer until a team is able to meet his demands.
StatsLLC: Sep 16 / 12:00a ET
News: The New Jersey Devils signed Tlusty to a one-year, $800,000 contract Wednesday.
Impact: The 27-year-old Tlusty, from the Czech Republic, had 14 goals and 17 assists in 72 regular-season games last season with Carolina and Winnipeg. He has 87 goals and 86 assists in 416 career games in eight seasons with Toronto, Carolina and Winnipeg.