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Devils Sign Leach, DiSalvatore and Wiseman

Thursday, Jul. 17th, 2008

The New Jersey Devils today signed three players: defenseman Jay Leach, and forwards Jon DiSalvatore and Chad Wiseman. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.

Leach, 28, joins the Devils after seeing action in 77 games last season with Norfolk (AHL), Tampa Bay (NHL), and Portland (AHL). The 6-4, 220-lb defenseman will enter his eighth pro season in 2008-09, having previously played for Mississippi (ECHL), Springfield (AHL), Augusta (ECHL), Providence (AHL), Long Beach (ECHL), Bridgeport (AHL), and Trenton (ECHL). Leach made his NHL debut with Boston in 2005-06. Born September 2, 1979 in Syracuse, NY, he was Phoenix’s fifth choice and 115th overall selection in the 1998 Entry Draft. Leach played four seasons at Providence College (HE) prior to his pro career.

DiSalvatore, 27, will enter his sixth pro season in 2008-09. The 6-1, 200-lb. winger spent last season with San Antonio (AHL), recording 22 goals and 24 assists for 46 points and 46 penalty minutes in 66 appearances. DiSalvatore made his NHL debut by appearing in five games with St. Louis in 2005-06. He has also seen action with Cleveland (AHL), Worcester (AHL), and Peoria (AHL) during his pro career. DiSalvatore was born March 30, 1981 in Bangor, ME. He was San Jose’s second choice, 104th overall in 2000, and spent four seasons at Providence College.

Wiseman, 27, returns to North America after spending last season with Wolfsburg (Ger.). The 6-1, 210-lb. native of Burlington, Ont. split the 2001-02 through 2006-07 seasons between the AHL and NHL with the San Jose, NY Rangers, and Washington organizations. Wiseman saw action in nine NHL games from 2002-03 through 2005-06. He was San Jose’s sixth choice and 246th overall selection in 2000. Wiseman played his junior hockey at Mississauga and Plymouth (OHL).

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