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Devils sign veterans Lovejoy, Fiddler

2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six

SAN JOSE, CA - JUNE 12: Nick Bonino #13, Ben Lovejoy #12, Evgeni Malkin #71, Ian Cole #28 and Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate after their 3-1 victory to win the Stanley Cup against the San Jose Sharks in Game Six of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center on June 12, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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The New Jersey Devils have filled the hole that the Adam Larsson trade left. They’ve signed right-shot defenseman Ben Lovejoy to a three-year deal with a reported cap hit of $2.67 million.

Lovejoy, 32, just won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins. He doesn’t provide much in the way of offense, but he was respected in Pittsburgh for his leadership and rugged play.

New Jersey traded Larsson to Edmonton on Wednesday for Taylor Hall.

“Adam is a heavy player, he’s hard down low,” Devils GM Ray Shero told “He’s an unbelievable pro at his age. He’s an easy guy to coach and play with. Maybe people don’t know him, but he’s a good guy to build a defense around. We’re going to have a hole there with him gone, for sure.”

The Devils also signed veteran forward Vern Fiddler to a one-year deal. The 36-year-old gets a one-year commitment with a cap hit of $1.25 million. He had 12 goals and 10 assists for the Stars last season.