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5 Questions New Jersey Devils Must Answer By October

Devils' 5 Remaining Questions

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The New Jersey Devils made some changes this offseason. They decided to give big extensions to Cory Schneider and Andy Greene, brought in Michael Cammalleri and Martin Havlat to bolster the offense and moved on from future Hall-of-Famer Martin Brodeur in goal. Still, with all that change comes questions going into the season. They must answer these five before October rolls around.

5. What To Do With Inconsistent Veterans?

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5. What To Do With Inconsistent Veterans?

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Last year was disappointing for many veterans on the Devils. Most notable was the play of their captain Bryce Salvador. He missed a bunch of time with a broken foot, but when he was on the ice he was ineffective. Michael Ryder was also ineffective, as he could go a month without scoring. Dainius Zubrus also had issues of his own. They need to sit them if they don't play to their potential.

4. How Many Minutes Can Jaromir Jagr Play?

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4. How Many Minutes Can Jaromir Jagr Play?

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Last season, Jaromir Jagr played in over 19 minutes per game. He hasn't had that much time on ice since he returned from Russia in 2011. Will he be able to play that much again? He is going to turn 43 in February and be the oldest player in the NHL. Despite being in amazing shape, can his body handle that workload again?

3. How Many Starts Does Cory Schneider Get?

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3. How Many Starts Does Cory Schneider Get?

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Cory Schneider is finally "the guy" in New Jersey. After sharing time with Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur throughout his career, he now has nobody to fight for starts. So how many starts should he get? He started a career-high 43 games last year. Can the Devils trust him to start 70 this season?

2. How Do Young Defensemen Play?

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2. How Do Young Defensemen Play?

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Right now the Devils have one of the best young crews of defensemen in the NHL. Jon Merrill, Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas have all shown star qualities. Do you start all three of them every night? Larsson was forced to spend some parts of last year in the minors due to his poor play. Can he bounce back? Will Gelinas eliminate the mental mistakes that lost him playing time?

1. How Does Team Play With 14 Forwards?

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1. How Does Team Play With 14 Forwards?

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The New Jersey Devils currently have 14 one-way contracts with their forwards. That's without Ryan Carter, whom they reportedly are still looking to re-sign. So what can they do with this surplus? They most likely have to make a trade, but time is running out. They only have a few short weeks to figure out what to do, or Peter DeBoer will have a much bigger job than he was hoping for.

Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports.  He also adds to the site’s NBA, MLB and NFL content.  You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your Google circle.