Well, that's something - I didn't realize Jacob Josefson was eligible for arbitration. They might Mark Fraser him into going to arbitration, and buy out either Zubrus or Ryder during the 2nd buyout period. Brunner is not eligible to be bought out during the 2nd buyout period. It seems unlikely - NJ has cap room at the moment - but something to keep in mind.
No way Zubrus gets bought out. If Lou felt comfortable giving him a 3-year deal last off-season, he probably doesn't realize how much his game slipped this past season. With Lou and Pete are praising Gionta for doing a bit of everything, well then they have to love Zubrus because he can do a bit everything as well...and a lot better than Gionta.
Players like Zubrus only get bought out after it's clear how awful they are. If you are a coaches favourite, they never really see the initial slippage. The buyout *might* happen next season.
I'm with Sundstrom that I can't see Ryder getting bought out. Someone should want to take a flyer on him. Devils might have to take back some salary though.
"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.