The New Jersey Devils have missed the playoffs in two of the last three seasons and as we approach the off-season, there are plenty of questions surrounding free agency. The Devils have several big names that will become unrestricted free agents come this July. They are Patrik Elias, David Clarkson, Dainius Zubrus, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Steve Sullivan, Tom Kostopoulos, Peter Harrold and Marek Zidlicky.
With that many players going into free agency, there’s no way they will all remain in the New Jersey organization and the Devils president and general manager, Lou Lamoriello, has big decisions to make this off-season; decisions that could change the dynamic of the entire team. Perhaps the least expendable to the Devils out of that entire group would be Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.
Although Clarkson is average, at best, and has just come off an average season recording 24 points (15G, 9A) in the 48 games he played. He also adds some grit to the lineup and the one who patrols the ice for the Devils.
Elias also had an average season this season as well tallying 36 points (14G, 22A) in the 48 games he played during the shortened season, but what makes him an important part of the team is that he has played his entire career with New Jersey as well as won two Stanley Cups with them.
Regardless of whom the Devils sign this coming off-season, the entire team dynamic will definitely be changed and that may not necessarily be a bad thing.