On Wednesday, the Devils signed 24-year old defenseman Cal Foote to a one-year, two-way contract.
Foote was a free agent this summer after playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators last season. Foote had been with the Lightning for his entire career before being traded to the Predators last season.
Foote played in 26 games with the Lightning last year, putting up a total of three points (one goal, two assists) and played in 24 games with Nashville last season, finding the back of the net once and assisting on three different goals.
This signing is a depth signing that will improve the Devils' defense. Foote is a right-handed defenseman, which will balance out our defense.
Cal is the brother of Devils' prospect Nolan Foote. Hopefully this will make Cal’s transition to the Devils a bit easier. It must be an exciting time in the Foote family.
Cal Foote might not be playing every single game for the Devils, but he brings more winning experience as he won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2020-21 season. During that playoff run Foote played in 13 out of 23 playoff games and registered two assists.
Foote was a 14th overall pick in 2017, drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, since then he has gained more NHL experience while trying to cement his spot in the lineup for every game.
Cal will report to training camp with his brother Nolan next month. Both are hoping to make the roster out of training camp. If this does not happen, it should not shock anyone to see either of them being called up at any point in the season.