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BREAKING: Devils Sign Forward Stefan Noesen to Three-Year Contract

Stefen Noesen returns to the New Jersey Devils on a three-year contract. He played with the Devils previously from 2016-17 to 2018-19.

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Stefan Noesen returns to the New Jersey Devils. // Photo courtesy of Carolina Hockey Now

The New Jersey Devils have signed forward Stefan Noesen to a three-year contract worth $2.75 million, according to ESPN’s Kevin Weekes.

Noesen returns to New Jersey after playing for the Devils from 2016-17 to 2018-19.

Noesen (31) scored 14 goals and 37 points in 81 games last season with the Carolina Hurricanes. In 161 games with Carolina, Noesen scored 27 goals and 73 points across three seasons.

The returning Devils forward is a solid middle-six addition who is a quality agitator that brings physicality. Noesen is also somewhat offensively inclined, registering multiple 13-goal or more seasons in his 10-year career thus far.

Noesen is a former first-round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, 21st overall by the Ottawa Senators. In addition to the Devils and Hurricanes, Noesen suited up for the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, and Pittsburgh Penguins.

It took Noesen some time to establish himself as a late bloomer, making his mark as a full-time NHLer in the 2017-18 season, his first stint with the Devils scoring 13 goals and 27 points.

Of Noesen’s 14 goals last season, a whopping 11 of them were scored on the power play. He may not secure a spot on the Devils’ first power play unit, but he could find himself a spot on the second unit.

Noesen is also unafraid to be a physical presence on the ice. Last season, the Plano, Texas native threw 118 hits.

Back in 2017, the Ducks placed Noesen on waivers, thus beginning his two-year stint with the Devils after New Jersey put in a waiver claim for the returning forward.

Noesen is a candidate to play on the third line with Erik Haula — who he ironically fought in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs — and can move up to a top-six role if necessary.

Noesen joins Brett Pesce and Brenden Dillon as new Devils on the first day of 2024 NHL Free Agency.

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