Cam Janssen has officially a one-year deal with the New Jersey Devils; financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. Janssen, a Missouri native, played 95 games with the Devils from 2005-2007. He was then traded to the St. Louis Blues where he has played for the past four years. Janssen, known more for his physical play than his scoring touch, has amassed 675 penalty minutes in his 260 game career, while only producing 3 goals and 7 assists.
On February 24th, 2007, in his 82nd NHL game, Janssen scored his first NHL goal against the Washington Capitals. Devils fans gave a standing ovation to show their support for Janssen who is typically cheered for his fisticuffs. On March 2nd, 2007, Janssen knocked out then-Toronto Maple Leaf Tomas Kaberle with a late hit to the head. As a result of the hit, Kaberle had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher. Following the game, the NHL suspended Janssen for 3 games without pay, forfeiting $7,220.16. In the 2009-2010 season Janssen became known as the “4 Minute Man” because he average 4 mins and 42 secs of ice time and 4 mins and 42 secs of penalty time per game.
Janssen will bring some toughness and size to the New Jersey Devils and continues the recent trend of former Devils resigning with the club.
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