NHL: Devils sign Miles Wood, Sharks ink Mario Ferraro, and more

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Apr 24, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) stretches on the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils forward Miles Wood signed a one-year deal worth $3.2 million on Thursday as the team and player avoided arbitration.

Wood has played 326 career games across parts of seven NHL seasons, all with the Devils, after New Jersey made him a fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft. He has collected 121 points (65 goals, 56 assists) in his career.

Wood, 26, was held to just three games in 2021-22 after needing right hip surgery. His best season came in 2017-18, when he posted career highs in goals (19) and points (32) over 76 games.

He has also served as an assistant captain for the Devils for some games in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.

Wood and the Devils were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing Saturday in Toronto.

San Jose Sharks re-sign Mario Ferraro

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Apr 21, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro (38) passes the puck during the first period against the St. Louis Blues at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Sharks re-signed defenseman Mario Ferraro to a four-year deal Thursday. Terms were not disclosed.

Ferraro, 23, registered 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 63 games in 2021-22. He led the Sharks in blocked shots (151) and ranked third in hits (140).

“Mario has shown that he is a dynamic and reliable defenseman for our club, skating top-level minutes against the best competition every night and delivering solid results,” general manager Mike Grier said in a news release. “His energy and work ethic are the reason why he has achieved so much in his early part of his career, and we look forward to watching him continue to grow and elevate his role on the team.”

A second-round pick by San Jose in 2017, Ferraro has 42 points (five goals, 37 assists) in 180 games over the past three seasons.

Michael Raffl signs in Europe

Unrestricted free-agent forward Michael Raffl signed a two-year contract with Lausanne Hockey Club of Switzerland’s National League on Thursday.

Raffl, 33, recorded 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 76 games last season with the Dallas Stars. The Austrian collected two goals and an assist during the Stars’ first-round playoff series against the Calgary Flames.

“Michael has proven his worth as a leader in the NHL and on the Austrian national team,” Lausanne head coach John Fust said in a statement. “He has a versatile profile, since he can play at center or on the wing. We look forward to having him in our organization for the next two seasons.”

Raffl has totaled 179 points (89 goals, 90 assists) in 590 career games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and Stars. He initially signed with the Flyers in 2013 as an undrafted free agent.

–Field Level Media