2013 NHL Free Agency Report: New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils franchise may be rumored to have “missed an interest payment and now risks defaulting on its new loan” according to The New York Post, but this storyline hasn’t coincided with a dead free-agent period in the Meadowlands. Losing 2013 leading goal-scorer David Clarkson to the Toronto Maple Leafs does leave a void, though elsewhere in free agency New Jersey has remained quite active.
And that’s not even factoring in the trade of the Devils’ ninth overall draft pick for Vancouver Canucks netminder Cory Schneider, who was among the league’s best in 2013. Future Hall of Famer Marty Brodeur probably expect New Jersey to make some sort of move at goaltender this offseason through free agency or trade, and it seems the aging great has found his successor.
“I think for the future of the organization, it’s the best move,” Brodeur said, via ESPNNew York. “I think Cory is one of the top five goalies in my mind in the NHL. I’m not going to play forever. I’m definitely going to try and push him and get the ice time as much as I can. But he’s the future of the organization.”
In a move that strikes a bit of irony if you believe The Post reports of New Jersey financial woes, the Devils also nabbed a high-profile skater that the New York Rangers reportedly didn’t have the cash for, nabbing free-agent forward Ryan Clowe to a five-year, $24.25 million deal: “A source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com’s Katie Strang that Clowe had interest in re-signing with the Rangers, though the team’s lack of cap space once it decided not to buy out veteran center Brad Richards made the issue moot.”