5 New Jersey Devils Players Who Could Be Traded This Season
5 Devils Who Could Be Traded
The New Jersey Devils have not had the season they had hoped for. They are currently sitting at what many call .500 hockey with a record of 18-18-9. They have been around that number for most of the year. Despite the disappointing season, the Devils are still in sixth place and only five points out of second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Clearly this division is extremely close between every team. Besides this division, every other one has at least 20 points between last place and second place. The Metro has a measly eight points between those two teams. The division could be switched around in the matter of a week depending on how the games go.
The Devils need to do something with their roster. They currently have Adam Larsson, the defenseman who is almost guaranteed to have the team built around him, in the AHL because of the logjam that is the team's back-end. They have eight NHL players ready for six spots (although they have played with seven over the past two games) with Peter Harrold soon to be healthy enough to play. The fact is they need to find a way to get rid of one of them.
The offense, on the other hand, needs some help. They currently rank 26th in the league with 2.31 goals per game. Scoring has superseded them all season. The team has been shutout five times and scored one goal another nine times. They need to find a way to score goals.
Obviously, to get players you need to send players or picks in return. This article is assuming that players are going to be the ones traded.
It is nearly impossible to figure out what is going on in the mind of Lou Lamoriello. He is the most secretive front office representative in the world of sports. He could come out and trade anyone, honestly, and nobody would see it coming. That's why these five were the hardest to come up with. These are five players who could be traded during this season.
5. Mark Fayne
Mark Fayne seems to be the player brought up the most when the Devils and trades are discussed. As was said before, the Devils have a plethora of defensemen on their team. They also have a need on offense. Fayne is not having his best season, but he is still more than productive. He is a defensive defenseman with only 40 career points in four seasons. He is a career plus-10, and he is only 26-years-old. He is young enough that he still has time to get better, yet he also has the experience of a Stanley Cup Finals run. This guy is a huge commodity for the Devils on the trade market.
4. Steve Bernier
Steve Bernier is on the last year of his contract with the Devils, and he provides a lot in terms of production for the team. He is a great penalty killer and has shown that he can score when he is needed. He is in his ninth season in the NHL even though he is only 28. That kind of experience is hard to find. The biggest knock on him, his attitude, is completely gone ever since he became a Devil. I would not be surprised if any of the fourth line players get moved, but Bernier is by far the most valuable. There is no word on whether he will be moved, but it is a possibility.
3. Jacob Josefson
Jacob Josefson is a talent that the Devils brought back this season as a "one more shot" type deal after the former first-round pick has played like anything but a great player. Josefson does not have much value, admittedly, but Lou could look to have him as an add-on in a deal to get him some playing time elsewhere. He is once again not a factor for the Devils this season, and he is in the press box for most of the year. If he could go somewhere, the change of scenery could help to resurrect his career.
2. Eric Gelinas
Before I get lynched by the Devils community, this man will only be traded in a blockbuster move. Eric Gelinas is the kind of defenseman that will have other GMs salivating and will almost be exclusive to any move if they try to get a big-name player (which is very unlikely, I admit, but it needed to be addressed). This man could be a generational talent. He has already shown an exceptional offensive game while having the ability to learn on the fly. The fact that they also have Jon Merrill could help Lou pull the trigger on a move that would change the offense of this team forever. Hopefully this time that person wouldn't "retire."
1. Jaromir Jagr
With the way Jaromir Jagr has played this season, there is no question he is the team's best player on the ice at all times. There is no doubt he isn't going anywhere unless the Devils have no shot at doing any damage. That being said, if the Devils are out of it at some point he will be the first to go. He is the team's most valuable asset with an expiring contract. Again, I reiterate, only if the team is out of it.