Merrill signed a two-year, $2.275 million contract with the Devils, reports TSN.ca. The defender will make $1 million in 2016-17 and $1.275 million in 2017-18. Merrill's season ended after just 47 games last year because of a bad shoulder injury and subsequent surgery. He isn't known for his offensive prowess; instead, he's a physical presence for the Devils. But he struggles in a possession game -- his Corsi hasn't been great. The next couple seasons will be Merrill's opportunity to earn a long-term deal.
Merrill (shoulder) had surgery to fix the shoulder injury that ended his season prematurely, Dhiren Mahiban of The New York Times reports. Merrill missed the last 10 games of the year, his second lengthy absence during the 2015-16 campaign. With a four month recovery time, the blueliner should be good to go for the start of next season. Considering he tallied a meager five points in 47 contests, fantasy owners are unlikely to start clamoring for the 24-year-old.
Merrill has been officially ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury, Tom Guliitti of The Record reports. Not much of fantasy prospect, the absence of Merrill shouldn't be noticed in the majority of leagues. He will now turn his focuses to being healthy for 2016-17, and considering his issue isn't expected to hold him out too long, it shouldn't factor into his availability. The blueliner finishes the campaign with just five points and 30 shots on goal over 47 games, adding 48 hits and 54 blocked shots.
Coach John Hynes indicated Friday that Merrill (upper body) is "still banged up" and will likely miss the remainder of the season, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. If this indeed ends his campaign, the blueliner will finish with a paltry five points (one goal, four assists) over 47 games. A member of a lacking offensive club, the 2010 second-round pick hasn't topped 14 points in his three NHL seasons, and there's nothing to suggest he will gain fantasy relevance in the future. Expect another update before the season's end only if he's able to return prior to its conclusion.
Merrill (upper body) remains a couple weeks from a potential return to the lineup, Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger reports. An owner of just five points through 47 games this season, Merrill's status should intrigue little-to-no fantasy leagues. A couple weeks rules out the blueliner towards the end of the regular season, but expect a refreshed status when he's fit to play.
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