Anton Volchenkov signs with the Devils

Anton Volchenkov signs with the Devils

Apple Valley : CA : USA | Jul 01, 2010 at 8:01 PM PDT
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One of the better defensive-zone presences available on the open market is Ottawa's Anton Volchenkov. Volchenkov stayed "on the board" until later in the afternoon while the top offensive guys - Paul Martin, Sergei Gonchar and Dan Hamhuis - all went.

The New Jersey Devils decided to jump on the tough, rugged Volchenkov after losing Martin to Atlantic Division rivals Pittsburgh. Agent Jay Grossman noted Volchenkov has a no-trade clause and he also tweeted that the sides were working on a six-year deal worth $25.5 million.

The Devils are bringing in one of the toughest players in the league and Volchenkov isn't getting paid to score goals or set them up. Volchenkov’s ability as a shot-blocker makes him stand out and he has no reservations about putting his body in front of fast-moving pucks or players and his overall defensive abilities should not be overshadowed by this.

KatherineStewart is based in Apple Valley, California, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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