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2013 NHL Free Agency Report: New Jersey Devils

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:57 AM

<div id="attachment_62869" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 650px"><a href="http://www.rantsport...rksonopener.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-62869" src="http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/files/2013/06/clarksonopener.jpg" alt="David Clarkson" width="640" height="360" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports</p></div>
<p>The <a href="http://www.rantsport...w-jersey-devils"><strong>New Jersey Devils</strong></a> franchise may be rumored to have “missed an interest payment and now risks defaulting on its new loan” <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/highway_to_hell_pPt0IWAMz0tZtGm3w7TEdK">according to The New York Post</a>, but this storyline hasn’t coincided with a dead free-agent period in the Meadowlands. Losing 2013 leading goal-scorer <strong>David Clarkson </strong>to the <a href="http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/teams/toronto-maple-leafs"><strong>Toronto Maple Leafs</strong></a> does leave a void, though elsewhere in free agency New Jersey has remained quite active.</p>
<p>And that’s not even factoring in the trade of the Devils’ ninth overall draft pick for <strong>Vancouver Canucks</strong> netminder <strong>Cory Schneider</strong>, who was among the league’s best in 2013. Future Hall of Famer <strong>Marty Brodeur </strong>probably expect New Jersey to make some sort of move at goaltender this offseason through free agency or trade, and it seems the aging great has found his successor.</p>
<p>“I think for the future of the organization, it’s the best move,” <a href="http://espn.go.com/n...evils-no-9-pick">Brodeur said</a>, via ESPNNew York. “I think Cory is one of the top five goalies in my mind in the <a href="http://www.rantsports.com/nhl"><strong>NHL</strong></a>. I’m not going to play forever. I’m definitely going to try and push him and get the ice time as much as I can. But he’s the future of the organization.”</p>
<p>In a move that strikes a bit of irony if you believe The Post reports of New Jersey financial woes, the Devils also nabbed a high-profile skater that the <a href="http://www.rantsport...ew-york-rangers"><strong>New York Rangers</strong></a> reportedly didn’t have the cash for, nabbing free-agent <a href="http://espn.go.com/new-york/nhl/story/_/id/9452315/2013-nhl-free-agency-ryane-clowe-gets-5-year-deal-new-jersey-devils">forward <strong>Ryan Clowe </strong>to a five-year, $24.25 million deal</a>: “A source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com’s Katie Strang that Clowe had interest in re-signing with the Rangers, though the team’s lack of cap space once it decided not to buy out veteran center <strong>Brad Richards</strong> made the issue moot.”</p>

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