The Devils are close to signing KHL D Yegor Yakovlev, according to general manager Ray Shero.
Yakovlev, 26, tallied 9 points (5 G, 4 A) in 35 games with St. Petersburg in 2017/18. He represented Russia in the Olympics this year, winning the gold medal.
"We haven't officially signed him yet, but once IIHF Worlds is over, we'll see coming back on Monday. Hopefully we can finalize something," Shero said, via international journalist Igor Eronko.
Yakovlev commented on the potential move, showing the feeling between club and player is mutual.
"The Devils have scouted me for 3 years," Yakovlev said. "They really wanted to see me on the team. That's why I chose New Jersey and I'm really happy to join the organization. I know they play a fast smart hockey and I like it."