After last night, I think it's time to become sellers. This team really needed that one last night. Now not only do they fall farther behind in points, they have another team to catch too.
I'm all for selling at this point.
If anyone offers Lou a 1st for Jagr, that deal has to be made. I'd trade him for a 2nd even. If Zidlicky can be had for a 2nd, do it - I'd even consider a third.
If we can get ANYONE for Sal we make the trade, even if we take an equally bad forward contract in return. Doubt there's a market for either him or Volch. Gelly, Merill, Larsson, and Boucher ALL should be up on the roster coming out of break, I'd even give Matteau a look too.
We're 3 points back. Do we have to jump over 5 other teams? Yes. But the problem with that mindset is that it's not realistic at all to expect all of those teams to finish with 90+ points. The most amount of teams to finish a season with 90 points in either conference is 10 teams. All the Devils have to do is go out and win. Go on a tear, and they're in. It's not even some mega tear either. Not enough of you are looking at the big picture. If the Devils finish with 93 points, the likelihood of them not making it is tiny. The Devils still have an easy schedule, and they play most of their games at home.
Another thing, any GM who sold being only 3 points out would be crucified no matter how many teams we have to jump. No other GM in the league would sell if they were in our position. All we need is one proven scoring top 6 forward. If we get that, then the other guys might start scoring as well. There's also a lot of guys who can be had on the cheap, and we try to revitalize their careers. Brad Boyes, Martin Havlat, Milan Michalek are names we could look at that won't be expensive. Guys like Chris Stewart, Mike Cammalleri, Vanek, and Moulson would not be cheap, but we should have enough to get them.
People tend to underestimate the effect that one key acquisition can have on a team. If anybody hasn't noticed, the problem we have is that we don't have a LW to play with Zajac And Jagr. We have a hole in the top 6 that we need to fill.
Like I said in the GDT, Lou has to bring up Larsson and Gelinas. Get rid of Harrold and Salvador. Get a scoring LW to play with Jagr and Zajac. If Lou does all of that, I promise people that results will follow.