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NEWS: Devils Sign Forward to One-Year, Two-Way Contract

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The New Jersey Devils announced on Saturday that they signed forward Samuel Laberge to a one-year, two-way contract.

Laberge’s new two-way contract is worth $90,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level and $775,000 at the NHL level.

In the wake of injuries that continue to pile up, Laberge comes as a reinforcement while players such as Nico Hischier, Timo Meier, Tomas Nosek, and Curtis Lazar are all potentially unavailable.

A native of Châteauguay, Canada, Laberge has spent five-plus seasons playing professional hockey between the AHL and East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).

Laberge’s AHL career is characterized by his leadership qualities and team-first mentality. As he matured as a player, he embraced leadership roles within his teams, setting an example for his peers through hard work, discipline, and a commitment to collective success. Laberge’s contributions extended beyond the scoresheet, influencing the game’s intangible aspects that are often crucial for a team’s overall performance.

According to Utica Comets head coach Kevin Dineen via the Daily Sentinel, “(Laberge) immediately left an impression on us with his intensity, the way he plays, his skating ability, and the small little things that make a huge difference for your team.”

Following the signing, Laberge was loaned to Utica. The veteran AHLer is skating in his third season with the Comets. In 104 regular-season games with Utica since 2021-22, Laberge accrued 32 points (14g-18a). In 201 career AHL games, the 6’2, 215 lb forward registered 54 points (22g-32a.

The 26-year-old, undrafted forward has yet to play a game in the NHL. He signed his first professional contract, an AHL deal with Texas, on July 12, 2017.

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