The New Jersey Devils are investing a lot of money in a banged-up player, hoping hes healthy enough to provide a good return when he makes a move across the river. The Devils opened free agency on Friday by signing forward Ryane Clowe to a five-year, $24.25 million contract. They then followed up by adding two more forwards by signing Michael Ryder to a two-year, $7 million contract and Rostislav Olesz to a one-year, $1 million deal. People familiar with each of the deals told The Associated Press the terms of respective the contracts. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Devils did not disclose the details. The signings came as the Devils restocked after losing forward David Clarkson to free agency. Clarkson signed with Toronto later in the day. Clowe is staying on the East Coast after being acquired by the New York Rangers in a trade with San Jose in April. He had three goals and five assists over 12 games with New York, and was limited to just two playoff games with New York because a suspected concussion. Former Rangers coach John Tortorella said Clowe was New Yorks version of Bruins hard-hitter forward Milan Lucic. The 30-year-old Clowe has 104 goals and 279 points in his career. Two years ago, he had career highs with 24 goals and 62 points. Ryder is a 10-year NHL veteran, who will be joining his fourth team in three years. He finished last season with Montreal, after being traded to the Canadiens by Dallas, and finished with 16 goals and 19 assists in 46 games. Hes a three-time 30-goal scorer, who scored a career-best 35 goals with Dallas in 2011-12. He spent his first four NHL seasons with Montreal and spent three more with Boston. The 27-year-old Olesz has 57 goals and 132 points in the NHL, all with the Florida Panthers before playing six games without a point two years ago in Chicago. 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LOS ANGELES -- Jon Jones is unhappy with the Nevada Athletic Commissions decision to assign referee John McCarthy to his light heavyweight title bout against Daniel Cormier next month at UFC 200.I would prefer any other referee but him, Jones said Tuesday.Jones and Cormier will meet in the main event of UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas, continuing their lengthy rivalry. Jones is hoping to reclaim the 205-pound belt that was stripped from him last year after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident.Jones manager contacted the Nevada commission last week to register their camps displeasure with the assignment of McCarthy, a veteran official who has presided over countless big fights. The Nevada commission determined Jones complaint wasnt substantive enough to change the assignment.Jones (22-1) declined to be precise about the reasons for his objection to McCarthy, but left little doubt he is still bothered by the athletic commissions choice for the third man in the cage.Its been a mixture of many things throughout the years, Jones said. Just the energy. I dont feel like we have the best energy, and its been an accumulation of some things that was happening during some fights and just our personal interactions.McCarthy refereed Jones title defenses against Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort and Alexander Gustafsson. Jones repeatedly has said his narrow victory over Gustafsson was the toughest fight of his career, not his victory over Cormier (17-1) in Januaryy 2015.dddddddddddd.Jones realizes his objection to McCarthy likely will have no impact, but he remains disappointed.For me, this is my life, Jones said. This is my story. This is my legacy. 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