NHL Trade Deadline: 5 Deals The New Jersey Devils Must Consider
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When it comes to what the New Jersey Devils should be going after, there is one thing they need -- offense.
They are currently ranked tops in the NHL in penalty kill. Their defensive corps is so stacked that they can afford to keep one of their best prospects Adam Larsson in the AHL. They have Cory Schneider and his 1.88 goals against average in net, and they have one of the best of all time in Martin Brodeur as his backup. They have everything you want from a very good team except the ability to score at will.
That is where their general manager Lou Lamoriello can work his magic. Lamoriello is one of the most respected GMs in the history of the game, which helps his case when working with other teams. He has worked with almost every single GM currently in office. If anyone can find a piece, it will be Lamoriello.
With that said, offense is where this team needs to improve. They are currently ranked 26th in goals per game, and they have been shut out seven times on the season. They have also lost 13 games in the shootout or overtime. They need someone to take the onus off of Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias, because the in house options have not.
There are plenty of scorers out there on the market this season, and they range from trade the farm to get a great deal. See which five players the Devils have to go after before the deadline ends.
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5. Michael Cammalleri
Let's start with the player that has actually been linked to the Devils.
Talks have leaked between Lamoriello and Brian Burke in regards to the price of Michael Cammalleri. He has dealt with injury issues over the past few years, but he still has a deadly shot. He isn't the big name Devils fans would clamor for when it comes to big name acquisitions, but he would help this team. A move like this would be better than, say, a Danny Briere move. He won't cost much, as his price tag will go down as the market unfolds, and he will help the lower lines with scoring again.
4. Thomas Vanek
It isn't often in sports that a player with the talent of Thomas Vanek gets traded twice, but that is precisely what could happen after he turned down a contract offer from the New York Islanders.
Garth Snow is now out looking to see what he can get for the 30 year old. The price may be high at first, but the Isles will eventually need to take anything they can get. The Devils and Isles don't usually deal, but if it is in the interest of both teams, then a deal will go down.
3. Matt Moulson
Might as well go right into the other side of that trade.
Everyone on the Buffalo Sabres roster seems to be up for grabs these days. Matt Moulson would bring extra picks to the Sabres since he was an add on to the trade for Vanek earlier in the year. He would be a great addition to a Devils offense that could surely use him. He also has four shootout goals, which is three more than the entire Devils team.
2. Marián Gáborík
This is another instance of two teams dealing within the division, but with the Columbus Blue Jackets' history with the New York Rangers, it should not be a surprise that they would be open to it (even though they weren't yet within divisions).
Marian Gaborik will most likely be traded, no matter what the Jackets' position in the division is. He is a pure scorer and is everything this team needs, although his attitude will hurt his trade value. He can help with shootouts and with close game scoring.
This deal would make some fans weary, but in the end, it would help immensely.
1. Evander Kane
Evander Kane needs a change of scenery if I have ever seen one. He is sitting on the Winnepeg Jets and has not scored as we are used to. If you put him on a team where he can just score like he used to, then he will thrive again.
This trade is the most out there, but sometimes you have to think outside of the box to make the best moves. Nobody expected Cory Schneider to be a Devil, but that is working out quite well.
He can go back to his 30 goal scoring if he just plays in another city.