Another Arbitration Avoided: New Jersey Devils Re-Sign Miles Wood for 1 Season at $3.2 Million

The New Jersey Devils had three arbitration hearings scheduled for August. In order to keep away from having a listening to, a contract should be agreed upon between the participant and the group. Tyce Thompson, who was scheduled for a listening to on August 11, was re-signed to an NHL minimal deal for two seasons on August 2. Jesper Bratt, who was scheduled for a listening to on August 3, was re-signed proper earlier than the listening to started on August 3 for one season at $5.45 million. The final remaining arbitration listening to on the schedule was for Miles Wood on August 6. The Devils filed for arbitration for Wood; not the opposite method round. Now that listening to will not be occurring. The Devils introduced this night that Miles Wood and the group have agreed to a one season price $3.2 million.

I figured that the team-elected arbitration was a method for the Devils to argue for a lesser contract for subsequent season. Wood made $3.5 million in wage final season. Through team-elected arbitration, the arbitrator might award a deal price 85% of that. He ended up taking much less anyway outdoors of an arbitrator. Not numerous financial savings, which is warranted provided that Wood was damage all final season and appeared in simply 3 video games. It stays to be seen whether or not Wood is absolutely wholesome and may return to his former degree of efficiency. This is clearly not a contract primarily based on final season however on previous seasons. Even so, it’s a hefty sum of money for a 3rd/fourth line winger.

Arguably, Wood’s peak season was within the pandemic-shortened 2021 season. In 55 video games, Wood put up 17 targets and 25 factors. If he was in a position to preserve that price of appearances and manufacturing over a full 82-game season, that might be 81 video games, 25 targets, and 37 factors. It would have been a profession 12 months for the winger. His on-ice charges in 2021 weren’t that good however not that unhealthy, per Natural Stat Trick. Certainly higher than his dire 2019-20 season, but behind his 2017-18 marketing campaign. The 5-on-5 numbers matter extra for Wood as a result of his particular groups work is commonly a secondary function on an influence play. He can fill in as wanted if gamers are unavailable. But he has by no means been chosen to be on a high unit until mandatory.

The points with Wood are obvious from how he performs the sport and the way he’s used. His even power ice time per sport has constantly been within the 11 to 13 minute vary. Wood has been and is a bottom-six winger. Wood is quick at chasing pucks, a lot in order that his line typically dumps the puck deep to have him go after it. Wood will not be so quick when he’s turning and backchecking, though he has put in additional constant effort in current seasons to at least get to the Devils’ zone. The 6’2” and 195 pound Wood is praised for drawing calls (which he does, 44 is second most over the past three seasons and he missed practically all of 2021-22) and being powerful; though this additionally means he takes his justifiable share of calls (37 whole penalties, third most over the past three seasons) and toughness is a type of issues that folks like to speak about as necessary however nobody within the NHL truly treats as necessary. (See: Mason Geertsen.) Wood does shoot the puck fairly a bit; however he tends to shoot from anyplace on offense versus trying for a greater location or state of affairs to shoot. Given that he’s 26, it’s unlikely Wood will change. Given that he’s successfully coming off hip surgical procedure, there are actual questions as as to if he can play the best way he did. This is to not say that Wood is a scrub; extra that he’s a restricted participant. This is the form of participant you placed on a 3rd or fourth line and that’s precisely how the Devils have used him since he broke into the NHL. And they may proceed to make use of him that method.

Miles Wood and the Devils keep away from arbitration and that’s good. Wood is seemingly effectively appreciated by the Devils and that’s good. And it’s a one season contract so if Wood falters, then he will be let unfastened to the free market. Still, that is some huge cash for a man who is barely going to be within the backside six. They are giving him $3.2 million for 2022-23 to see if he nonetheless has it at age 27 (his birthday is on September 13), after a hip surgical procedure, and, ideally, repeat his 2021 season. If not, he might very effectively be dealt or left to go to the market. We’ll see how this guess performs out.

As for the cap, the Devils are nearly capped at the second. CapFriendly has the Devils at $73,735 in cap area proper now. Of course, that is with Jonathan Bernier not on long-term injured reserve. If it’s true that he’s unable to play, then he will be positioned on LTIR and that might permit $4.125 million to be utilized. That is greater than sufficient to handle Fabian Zetterlund and go away some room for name ups and perhaps an sudden transfer that seems. And that is just about it for the Devils on this offseason: signal Zetterlund and put together for coaching camp and preseason.

I imagine there’s one different choice: a buyout. A second buyout window now opens for the Devils with all of their arbitration instances settled. This might additionally present reduction to the cap. It will not be typically used, however we will see.

(*1*)What is your tackle this new deal for Wood? Do you assume Wood will stay as much as a $3.2 million deal in 2022-23? Do you assume Wood will likely be a Devil by May 2023? When do you assume Zetterlund could be sorted out? Please go away your solutions and different ideas about this signing for Wood. Thank you for studying.

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