The New Jersey Devils will be adding to their long list of injuries as Lindy Ruff announced that Miles Wood and Jonas Siegenthaler would not return to the team this season. This announcement comes after Amanda Stein reported yesterday that neither player would be accompanying the team on their five-game road trip.
Wood underwent hip surgery in October and saw his first action of the season on March 27 against the Montréal Canadiens. Since then, the 26-year-old had not stayed in the lineup consistently and will finish his 2021-22 season with no points in three games. Wood will officially be held out for the rest of the season with hip soreness.
Adding to his uncertainty, Wood is in the final year of a four-year, $11 million contract that he signed just prior to the 2018-19 season and will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Siegenthaler was not on the bench during the third period in the team’s 7-4 loss to the Canadiens on Thursday. The team announced today that the Swiss defenseman broke his hand in the contest and will not return this season.
Siegenthaler has had a very strong season with New Jersey as he’s developed into a solid defensive defenseman. The 24-year-old may not appear on the scoresheet often but plays an important role as a stay-at-home defenseman. Siegenthaler finishes the 2021-22 season with one goal and 13 assists in 70 games.
Wood and Siegenthaler join Jonathan Bernier and Jack Hughes in being out for the remainder season. Forwards Nate Bastian and Jimmy Vesey did not travel with the team. Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood did make the trip and could return over the next five games.
The loss of Wood and Siegenthaler opens up opportunities for Fabian Zetterlund and Kevin Bahl. Zetterlund played a strong game on Thursday and generated several scoring chances although he could not find the back of the net. Bahl returns to the big club on an emergency loan basis and should take Siegenthaler’s spot on defense.
The Devils are on the road to take on the Dallas Stars today at 2 p.m. EST.