After being short of the playoffs for two of the past three seasons, it’s time for the New Jersey Devils to once again look into making some major changes within the organization.
Is it too soon for Devils general manager, Lou Lamoriello, to be looking to fire head coach, Peter DeBoer? Perhaps, but anything is possible and the coach is typically the first major change that’s made when a team needs overhauled. Looking at New Jersey’s track record with coaches, the organization does not typically favor tenure seeing as how the length of time the past few coaches have spent with the team has not been longer than two seasons, which coincidentally is how long DeBoer has been with the Devils.
There have been reports that the Devils might be looking into acquiring Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan and, although he’s not currently a free agent, they definitely could benefit from a player like Ryan. He still has through the 2014-15 season left on his contract, but word has been that the Ducks were looking to move him for the past few trade deadlines because he has been unhappy playing for Anaheim. New Jersey would be a likely destination for him since he is a native of Cherry Hill, NJ.
The Devils lost a major part of their goal scoring when they traded Zach Parise this past off-season and Ryan has been a 30+ goal scorer for each of the four seasons he’s played in the NHL. Currently, the only superstar New Jersey has on the team is Ilya Kovalchuk, so acquiring Ryan would allow some of the scoring responsibility to lie with Ryan and take some pressure off Kovalchuk.
All of this is pure speculation, but it sure does seem quite plausible for Ryan and the Devils to be a perfect match for each other.