Stafford was released from his PTO by the Wild on Friday.
Stafford apparently didn't show team brass enough to warrant a deal. It's possible that the 33-year-old winger could land with another club, but this could also mark the end of his professional career. If this is the end, Stafford will retire having played in 841 NHL games in which he notched 196 goals and 232 helpers.
Stafford agreed to terms on a professional tryout agreement with Minnesota on Wednesday.
Selected by the Sabres with the 13th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Stafford spent nine years with Buffalo, but has bounced around the league since, with stops in Winnipeg, Boston and New Jersey. The 33-year-old saw action in 57 games for the Devils last year, in which he tallied five goals and eight helpers while averaging 12:16 of ice time. A native of Milwaukee, the move to possibly join the Wild will keep Stafford closer to home, in addition to providing a depth scoring option for the club that can round out the bottom six, assuming he can land a permanent deal.
Stafford was held scoreless in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Florida, finishing the season with five goals and 13 points in 57 appearances.
A 33-year-old unrestricted free agent, Stafford could have a hard time finding suitors this offseason. His point totals have dropped from 38 to 21 to 15 to 13 over the past four seasons.
Stafford picked up a helper on the power play in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Stafford set up the man-advantage marker for Damon Severson, which ignited a three-goal second period for the Devils. The assist helped Stafford snap a 17-game pointless drought, during which he had 27 shots and 17 hits. The right wing has only two goals and seven assists in 46 appearances this year, which is likely to go down as his worst offensive season.
Stafford failed to mark the scoresheet during Friday's 5-4 win in Minnesota, pushing his point drought to five games.
His offensive ineptitude extends beyond this most recent drought, as Stafford has just one measly assist in his last 12 games. At 33 years of age, it's clear Stafford's best days are behind him.
Stafford recorded two shots and a minus-1 rating over 10:49 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to Buffalo.
Stafford saw the second-least ice time among all Devils skaters, surpassing rookie Brett Seney by 10 seconds. The 33-year-old Milwaukee native has spent significant time as a healthy scratch this season and has just five points in 18 games when he does suit up.
Stafford emerged with his first goal of the season in Monday's 5-2 road loss to the Sharks.
It didn't appear that goalie Martin Jones was expecting Stafford to wire a shot from a sharp angle. The veteran winger has been bogged down by upper-body injuries, as Stafford's only made seven appearances as part of the 2018-19 campaign.
The Devils activated Stafford (upper body) off injured reserve Saturday.
Stafford's return to action will bolster the Devils' depth up front, but it won't mean much to fantasy owners, as he's only totaled 15 points in 61 appearances over the past two seasons. The 33-year-old winger is expected to slot into a bottom-six role for Saturday's matchup with the Islanders.
Stafford (upper body) isn't in the projected lineup for Thursday's game against Detroit.
Stafford's absence comes as no surprise, as he's expected to be sidelined for a while with an upper-body injury. Either way, there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on the veteran forward's availability, as he doesn't have enough offensive upside to be considered a viable option in any format.
Stafford (upper body) traveled to Detroit to join the team for Wednesday's practice session, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Stafford has already reached the seven-day mark from the time of his placement on injured reserve, so it's possible the winger is ready to hit the ground running versus the Red Wings on Thursday. Even if healthy, the veteran winger could struggle for regular minutes considering it took an injury to Jesper Bratt (jaw) to convince the club to offer him a contract just before the start of the 2018-19 campaign.
Stafford (upper body) will not accompany the team on its upcoming seven-game road trip, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
The 32-year-old American has only played two games in 2018-19, failing to register a point in either contest. Staying back home in New Jersey means Stafford will miss the next seven games, all of which are road contests. Even when healthy, the veteran is not a legitimate fantasy option.
Stafford was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury Tuesday.
Stafford's injury necessitated the call-up of John Quenneville from AHL Binghamton. This news concerns the bottom-six group for the Devils -- it's unlikely that the vast majority of fantasy owners have been counting on either player early this season.
Stafford agreed to terms on a one-year, $810,000 contract with New Jersey on Friday.
Stafford -- who was with the team during training camp on a professional tryout -- gets his deal on the heels of the news that Jesper Bratt (jaw) will be out 2-3 weeks. The Milwaukee native's contract is a one-way, so how the club fits him in once Bratt is healthy remains to be seen.
Stafford didn't make the Devils' 23-man roster and will become a free agent, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
The 32-year-old forward had a rough 2017-18 campaign with just 15 points in 59 games despite ample power-play minutes. He could look for a bottom-six role elsewhere, but rosters remain set at this time.
Stafford will join the Devils at training camp on a professional tryout.
Stafford played 59 games for New Jersey last season, tallying eight goals, seven assists and 102 shots. The biggest downside to the winger's game is that he tends to take shifts off defensively, as evidenced by his minus-20 rating from 2017-18. If the veteran can secure a permanent deal with the club, he may find himself watching from the press box as often as he is on the bench.
Stafford, who totaled eight goals and 15 points in 59 games with the Devils this campaign, will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Stafford has only produced 16 goals and 36 points in 117 games over the past two years, so he's clearly slowing down with age. It remains to be seen if any NHL club will express interest in bringing the 32-year-old winger in on a short-term deal this offseason, but if not, he may decide to hang up his skates and call it a career after 12 seasons.
Stafford dished out a pair of helpers in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to San Jose.
It was a night to forget for New Jersey, but Stafford excelled on a personal level by playing a part in both of his team's goals. The 32-year-old forward snapped a 14-game point drought with this effort while skating 16:10. That's the most ice time Stafford's seen in a game since playing 17:09 back on Jan. 23.
Stafford (lower body) will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Islanders, Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record reports.
Stafford skipped Thursday's contest against the Wild due to the lower-body ailment, but he returned to the ice sheet for morning skate Saturday and will draw back in. The 32-year-old winger will slot in alongside Miles Wood and Brian Boyle on the fourth line, though his return likely won't shake up many fantasy lineups.
Stafford will miss Thursday's home game against the Wild due to a lower-body injury, Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record reports.
Stafford has averaged 2:13 of ice time on the power play this season, recording four goals and one assist in that special teams spot, but coach John Hynes said his lineup as a whole will be a game-time decision. Unfortunately, this means that we won't know who will be replacing Stafford until pregame warmups, and it's also possible that the Devils will deploy an extra defenseman.
Stafford snagged a goal against the Flyers on Saturday, his first action following a seven-game stretch as a healthy scratch.
A 16-game pointless streak likely led to Stafford being bumped from the lineup, but he appears to have capitalized on his latest opportunity. The winger worked his way to the front of the net and was able to beat Philadelphia's Brian Elliott for for his third power-play goal of the season. For now, the Wisconsin native may have earned back his spot; however, another slump could see him right back in the press box.
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