5 Biggest Issues Still Facing the New Jersey Devils This Offseason

By Nick Villano

New Jersey Devils Issues

New Jersey Devils Issues
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The New Jersey Devils looked like they could be major players this offseason. They had a bunch of money they could spend in the offseason. They were trying to lure some great coaching candidates to the team. It seemed like they were going to make some moves to stay competitive. Instead, it looks like they are going for a true rebuild under new general manager Ray Shero. Here are the five issues the Devils are still dealing with.

5. Uncertainty In The Future

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5. Uncertainty In The Future

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For the first time in almost three decades, Lou Lamoriello is no longer with the New Jersey Devils. He joined the team in 1987, and since then he has meant everything to this franchise. If it wasn't for him, they could have moved once again. Now that he is gone, there is some uncertainty with the franchise. How will the future look? Will the owners allow this team to become the laughing stock that its other franchise, the Philadelphia 76ers are?

4. Much Better Metro Division

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4. Much Better Metro Division

New York Rangers v Columbus Blue Jackets
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The Metropolitan Division got a lot better this offseason. The Blue jackets added Brandon Saad. The Capitals added Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie. The Penguins added Phil Kessel. The Islanders are still getting better every year. The Rangers were just in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Devils will be hard-pressed to try to surprise anyone in this division.

3. Ryane Clowe

Ryane Clowe
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3. Ryane Clowe

Ryane Clowe
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Ryane Clowe is still on the New Jersey Devils. He probably won't play for them due to concussion issues, but the Devils are still on the hook for his massive contract, which pays him $4.85 million per season. They are stuck with him for three more years, unless he decides to retire.

2. Coaching Questions

2. Coaching Questions
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2. Coaching Questions

2. Coaching Questions
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It was clear from the start Ray Shero wanted to have his own footprint on the Devils. He went for his old organization, the Penguins, to hire head coach John Hynes from the AHL affiliate. Instead of bringing back Scott Stevens to continue to work with the defense, he spurned him to bring in Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine, who have no previous ties to the Devils. Will this group be able to bring out the best of a team lacking in talent?

1. Lack of Scoring

Adam Henrique Easily Beats Ben Bishop
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1. Lack of Scoring

Adam Henrique Easily Beats Ben Bishop
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The biggest downfall for the Devils since the loss of Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk is they have had trouble scoring goals. They averaged 2.1 per game, good for 28th in the league. They did not add any scoring this offseason, outside of Kyle Palmieri. They needed more than what they brought, especially since it looks like they are going to lose Steve Bernier and Scott Gomez.

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