NEMCHINOV RE-UPPING WITH CUP CHAMPIONS
By MARK EVERSON
Raise the flag. The Devils, who will do another banner-raising later,
actually are signing one of their own unrestricted free agents.
The Post has learned that always-dependable Sergei Nemchinov is about
to sign a two-year deal to return to New Jersey.
The 36-year-old is believed to have turned down the Rangers to remain
with the Devils, and is expected to earn some 750G per season.
Nemchinov went 10-16-26 in 53 games with New Jersey last season,
despite being used all over the map. He went 3-2-5 in 21 games in
helping the Devils to the 2000 Stanley Cup. He also won the Cup with
the 1994 Rangers.
Nemchinov and Pat Conacher are to be joined by Ranger signee Vladimir
Malakhov as the only players to skate for all three local teams.
The Devils lost unrestricted Malakhov this summer, and are expected
to lose Claude Lemieux through that route, as well. In recent years,
they have bade farewell to unrestricteds Doug Gilmour, Dave
Andreychuk, Dave Ellett and Bruce Driver
Nemchinov is believed to have turned down at least one better offer
to remain in New Jersey. He earned $1.45 million last season, the
final year on a three-year deal he signed with the Islanders.