I realize the 4th line has gotten the last 5 pages of this thread, but it is the least of this team's problems. Upgrading the forwards is much more important. Dainius Zubrus played probably nearly twice as much at ES as any of the CBGB guys did and his year was a disaster - he was a functional player but he just didn't provide any offense.
Two more years of Zubrus...wonderful. Another player where the Devils can put anywhere....we know he spent a ton of time in the 1st line, but wasn't there a few times he was demoted to the 4th? Ideally, that's where he is at this point in his career.
You are right about the Devils desperately needing to improve the forwards, but where do they do this? Lou brought in Ruutu at the deadline for two years at $3 million something...that seems like the upgrade over a full season. Maybe next year there is more flexibility with Ryder and Brunner gone. For now, you buy out Volchenkov and where do you go...
I have no answers here. There isn't much to like up front. And that's with the hope that Jagr and Elias give you exactly the same production.
Edited by devilsrule33, 17 June 2014 - 07:21 PM.
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