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Devils won't extend tryouts to veterans Gomez, Bernier

Mar 20, 2015; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Steve Bernier (18) celebrates with center Scott Gomez (21) after Bernier scored on Buffalo Sabres goalie Anders Lindback (35) during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 20, 2015; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Steve Bernier (18) celebrates with center Scott Gomez (21) after Bernier scored on Buffalo Sabres goalie Anders Lindback (35) during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero isn't interested in extending professional tryout contracts to unrestricted free-agent forwards Scott Gomez or Steve Bernier.

"That's not a direction I'm looking to go at this point," Shero told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday. "I think we made a decision back before the draft to let (Bernier) go to free agency and let him go in a different direction. Obviously they haven't signed anywhere yet, but I'm sure they are working on some things themselves."

Gomez earned a job with the Devils by taking advantage of a tryout in last year's training camp. The 35-year-old collected seven goals and 27 assists during the 2014-15 season.

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Bernier, 30, scored a career-high 16 goals and set up 16 others in 67 games last season for New Jersey, which has missed the playoffs in three consecutive years.

(h/t NJ.com)