5 New Jersey Devils Players Who Won’t Be Back in 2014
5 Devils Who Won't Return In 2014
The New Jersey Devils have missed the playoffs for two consecutive seasons for the first time since the 80s. The team needs to take a good look in the mirror and figure out how to right this ship next season. Unfortunately, that means there will be some players who will not be returning next season. They have 11 players who gave them some time on the ice who are set to become free agents. These five definitely won't be back.
Marek Zidlicky has shown he is still one of the best offensive defensemen, even at 37-years-old. He scored 10 goals and recorded 30 assists on the season. He got most of those goals on the powerplay, which helped the Devils rank in the top 10. He will be sorely missed, but the fact is there is no room on the roster for defensemen. With Eric Gelinas playing a similar type of game as Zids, the team has to say goodbye to him this offseason.
Mark Fayne was the Devils' starting defenseman for most of the season. Playing opposite of Andy Greene, he also had a good season. He is in the same boat as Zidlicky, there is just no room for him. With Adam Larsson, Jon Merrill, Gelinas and possibly Alexander Urbom needing spots on the roster next season Fayne becomes expendable.
Jacob Josefson is officially a flop after the team gave him one more shot in 2013-14 to prove he was a worthy first-round pick. He spent most of the season in the press box, but even when he was on the ice he was underwhelming. In 27 games, he had three points. There aren't any Devils fans who will shed a tear over his departure.
Steve Bernier's career with the Devils has been a roller coaster ride. His first season was great being paired with Ryan Carter, and even better in the playoffs with Stephen Gionta. He had the faithful hit that resulted in a major in the Stanley Cup Finals. The next year he was good enough to move up from the fourth line. This year he has a 2.9 shooting percentage with a -15. He won't be back after that.
Devils fans knew the day was coming, but that doesn't make it any easier. Martin Brodeur is the Devils. He will go down as the greatest player in franchise history, and that may never be touched again. His number retires with Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Ken Danyecko in no time. For now, however, it is Cory Schneider's team. Brodeur may either retire or play for someone else, but either way he will not be in the Devils' crease.