This offseason, the Devils allowed Beau Bennett to walk in free agency and bought out the contract of forward Mike Cammalleri.
Bennett, a UFA, signed a one-year deal worth $650,000 with the Blues after leaving New Jersey. The Devils never really made a serious offer to Bennett, who notched 19 points in 65 games.
"We never got into discussions with Beau. Again, I like Beau as a kid and I think it was a good, career year for him to get that opportunity," Devils general manager Ray Shero said, according to Chris Ryan of NJ.com. "We didn't qualify and he certainly signed to a lower number than that on a one-year deal, but I think for Beau, it was a good year to get traction, play a career high in games and so forth."
After his contract was bought about by the Devils, Cammalleri inked a one-year deal with the Kings. The move to buy out his contract gives the Devils "more roster flexibility," says Shero.
"It's a good ending in terms of Mike, they originally had him in L.A.," Shero said. "Provided he can stay healthy and he's certainly still a good player, but for me, it was more about our identity as a team and playing a certain way.