Newark, NJ – Early on Friday morning, the New Jersey Devils announced they signed free agent forward Chris Tierney to a one-year, two-way contract. Tierney’s contract will hold a value of $775,000 at the NHL level and $400,000 at the American Hockey League level.
Tierney, a native of Keswick, Ontario, is a forward drafted in the second round, 55th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. In 597 NHL games, the 29-year-old accrued 76 goals and 160 assists for 236 points. Tierney had a career season in 2018-19 with the Ottawa Senators. The then 24-year-old scored nine goals and 48 points in 81 games.
As for the postseason, Tierney has 40 games of playoff experience under his belt, all with San Jose. Between the 2016 and 2018 playoffs, Tierney totaled five goals and seven assists for 12 points. Tierney was a member of the Sharks team that played in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. Additionally, the 6-foot-1, 190 lb forward was a teammate of Timo Meier’s during his last two seasons in San Jose.
In the 2022-23 season, Tierney skated in 36 NHL games between the Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens. On February 22nd, the Panthers placed Tierney on waivers and the Canadiens claimed him the following day. Between Florida and Montreal, Tierney scored three goals and seven assists for 10 points. Between stints with the Panthers and Canadiens, Tierney played 20 games with Florida’s AHL affiliate, Charlotte Checkers. In 20 AHL games, Tierney potted three goals and 13 assists for 16 points.
Tierney will serve as insurance down the middle for the Devils. As for the Utica Comets, the Devils’ AHL affiliate only has four centers under contract at the moment according to CapFriendly. Tierney is a good, cheap option that the Devils can utilize between the NHL and AHL when necessary.
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