Devils forwards Blake Coleman (left) and Stefan Noesen

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Devils Reach Deals With Blake Coleman, Stefan Noesen

July 17, 2018 - 12:30 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Devils have avoided arbitration with a couple of their young forwards by reaching contract agreements with Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen.

Coleman has agreed to a three-year deal worth $1.8 million per season, while Noesen's one-year contract is worth $1.725 million, the Devils announced Tuesday. Coleman and Noesen, both coincidentally from Plano, Texas, had filed for arbitration earlier this summer.

Coleman, 26, is coming off his first full season in the NHL. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound center registered 13 goals and 12 assists (25 points) in 79 games last season. He led the Devils with three short-handed goals.

"Blake proved himself this season with his work ethic, intensity level and competitiveness," Devils general manager Ray Shero said in a news release. "He worked throughout the year to become a strong penalty killer who also had a positive impact in the offensive zone. We look forward to him continuing his development in the next stage of his career. " 

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The Devils drafted Coleman in the third round in 2011.

Noesen, a 25-year-old right wing, had 13 goals and 14 assists (27 points) in 72 games in 2017-18, his first full season with New Jersey. 

The Devils claimed Noesen off waivers from Anaheim in January 2017.

"Since he has arrived in New Jersey, Stefan has played smart, competitive hockey and has scored timely goals," Shero said. "He's also a guy you can rely on to play in tough defensive situations and has really grown his all-around game."