NHL Free Agency 2012: New Jersey Devils Sign Krys Barch

The New Jersey Devils have agreed to terms with enforcer Krys Barch. Terms of the deal were not disclosed (via Fire & Ice).

Barch spent 114 minutes in the penalty box last season while splitting 51 games between the Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers. All five of his points (2 goals, three assists) came in his 41 games in Florida. Barch had 12 fighting majors last season.

Barch's agent, Scott Norton, discussed what his client could bring to the Devils:

"So much of the hockey world was standing still for (Zach) Parise and (Ryan) Suter and Krys looked at his role and the way the game is going. There have been definite signs the last couple of years that physical teams are winning the Stanley Cup and certainly teams in that (Atlantic) Division can utilize guys who can both play and be physical. The Devils play the Rangers, they play the Flyers, they play the Penguins. It's a way for Krys to showcase himself with a team that's built on character. That, and the fact that Eastern time zone travel, that certainly looked attractive, certainly more than the left coast."

For his career, the winger has racked up 669 penalty minutes in 304 games. Barch also has 12 goals and 19 assists during his career.

For more on the Devils, please be sure to check out our blog In Lou We Trust and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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