UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The New Jersey Devils announced today that they have signed forward Tyce Thompson, who played in 18 games between Utica and New Jersey last season, to a two-year contract, the first year a two-way deal, and the second year a one-way.

Six players scored over .9 points per game for the Utica Comets last season, and coming into today four of those six players knew their destination for next season. Jesper Boqvist signed a one-year, two-way contract with new jersey earlier this year, Chase De Leo and AJ Greer both left to sign contracts with other NHL organizations, and Alex Holtz is entering year two of his four-year rookie contract. The other two players, Fabian Zetterlund and Tyce Thompson were both restricted free agents within the Devil’s organization, who the team needed to negotiate contracts with. 

Earlier today the New Jersey Devils announced that they had signed one of those two with an uncertain future, Tyce Thompson rejoining the roster on a two-year deal.

The new contract is a two-way deal for the first year but only a one-way in year two, showing that New Jersey expects Thompson to be up with the big league squad in the 2023-24 season. In signing a two-year contract both the player and team avoid arbitration, and Thompson will again be a restricted free agent at the end of the deal. The contract is worth $750,000 in the NHL and $175,000 in the AHL in 2022-23 and $775,000 total in 2023-24.