When you do a ranking like this, some teams and their fans are going to get pissed. Stereotypes or not, these are what many players base their decisions on. The Devils are a weaker team after losing Parise, Kovalchuk, and Clarkson. The loss of Kovalchuk may have hurt signing Clowe and Ryder, and that is why Lou most likely asked Kovalchuk to delay his announcement. My guess is Michael Ryder signs with the Bruins if he knows Kovy is gone. The financial situation is a giant question mark for players, and it did worry free agents around the league and the team's own free agents. Lou had to assure them the team was doing fine.
The Devils brought people to Jersey or kept their free agents because of success and because treats its players well. Well they took a ton of hits, so I can't blame any author for ranking them low. Do I necessarily agree with 29, no. But the financial aspect has most free agents worried on first look.
Now only if the writer knew about the airport. We'd be pumped a few spots up.
"The Stanley Cup has fallen from the Stars. The new millennium has its first Stanley Cup Champion, and it's the New Jersey Devils." Mike Miller calling the Devils winning the Stanley Cup.
"It goes to the captain and then there are handoffs during a skate around the ice" Mike Emrick as Scott Stevens is being presented the Stanley Cup.