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Posted 16 June 2013 - 10:27 PM

<div id="attachment_61811" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 650px"><a href="http://www.rantsport...rsey-Devils.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-61811" src="http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/files/2013/06/New-Jersey-Devils.jpg" alt="New Jersey Devils" width="640" height="360" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports</p></div>
<p>The <a href="http://www.rantsport...w-jersey-devils"><strong>New Jersey Devils</strong></a>‘ 2013 campaign ended with the resounding thud with a 4-0 loss to the <a href="http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/teams/new-york-rangers"><strong>New York Rangers</strong></a>, the heated rival that had eliminated New Jersey from playoff contention just days earlier.</p>
<p>“We were not good. It was a bad situation that we did not handle well,” Devils coach<strong> Peter DeBoer</strong> said after the team’s season-ending defeat, <a href="http://www.nhl.com/i...m?id=2012020714">via NHL.com</a>. “We had some opportunities to bounce back and we played some good hockey. But we just never found a streak.”</p>
<p>The Devils started off their lockout-shortened campaign in good enough shape, roaring out to first place in the Eastern Conference with 19 points around mid-February. At one point New Jersey won five straight culminating with back-to-back wins against the eventual Eastern Conference points leaders in the <a href="http://www.rantsport...sburgh-penguins"><strong>Pittsburgh Penguins</strong></a>. However, eventually the wheels would fall of the wagon and no such streaks would ensue in March or April.</p>
<p>This now leaves New Jersey with plenty of major questions entering the 2013 <strong><a href="http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/teams">NHL </a></strong>offseason and NHL draft, the latter which the Devils are hosting. Factoring into their draft-day decisions will be what to do about unrestricted free agents to-be <strong>Patrik Elias </strong>and <strong>David Clarkson</strong>. Elias has been a mainstay of the squad since the mid-90s while Clarkson has joined him at the forward spot more recently, leading New Jersey in goals this past season.</p>
<p>“I hope so, I’ve been here my whole career,” <a href="http://www.nj.com/de...i_dont_thi.html">Elias told The Star-Ledger</a>. “I’m ready for anything. Sometimes the negotiations are not as easy as it seems.”</p>
<p>“It’ll be an interesting summer,” Clarkson also told The Star-Ledger. “We have a lot of free agents. We’ll see what is going to happen.”</p>

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