No salary arbitration for Vitek Vanecek

No salary arbitration for Vitek Vanecek


The New Jersey Devils settled new goaltender Vitek Vanecek's contract case by granting him a three-year, $10.2 million pact on Tuesday, avoiding the salary arbitration process.< /strong> 

The former Washington Capitals was acquired on July 8 in a trade involving three draft picks. He became a restricted free agent and had to make his case in front of a referee.

With the Caps last season, Vanecek went 20-12-6, with a goals-against average of 2.67 and a .908 save percentage, making four shutouts in 42 games. In New Jersey, he will be tasked with providing more stability in front of the net for a club that used seven goaltenders in 2021-2022.

“To be honest, that was our goal from the start. add someone to this position, given the circumstances. Injuries have really reduced our depth here,” Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald told

The 26-year-old has started 75 career games in the National League.