The Devils have a lot of problems right now, but I'd like to focus on just one because I think it's the most fixable.
The Devils have used 7 right wings so far this season: Jaromir Jagr, Martin Havlat, Michael Ryder, Damien Brunner, Jordin Tootoo, Steve Bernier, Mike Sislo, and Stephen Gionta. Of these, the first 5 are UFA next year. In addition, the Devils really have nothing at the minor league level at RW - they have Mike Sislo, who looks like a competent NHLer, but he's not going to be the kind of guy who wins and loses games for you. So right wing is really a position they need to upgrade, and they need to be able to get young, cheap talent at RW, because clearly they are going to have to have some old, expensive talent at that position as well.
In addition, I think Damon Severson's emergence is obviating the need for Eric Gelinas. I like Gelinas's skill set a lot but so far he is a disaster at even strength. With Hraberenka and Scarlett potentially having some of those skills behind him and Severson already jumping ahead of him in terms of PP responsibility, the Devils can potentially sell high-ish on Gelinas while the league hasn't figured it out. I don't like giving up on him, but I don't see many alternatives right now.
Let's look at the UFAs at that position this coming off-season, other than the guys I already mentioned - and here I am only considering right-shooting right wings:
Mike Santorelli (C/RW)
So that looks rather unpleasant also.
There are some more veteran RWs I might be interested in, but the guys I would like the Devils to investigate are:
C/RW Mika Zibanejad (OTT): Zibanejad has gotten off to a slow start in Ottawa. He's being used at center but his shot rate is way down so far this year and he's got players like Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone, and Curtis Lazar coming up behind him. Ottawa is desperate for defense - I wonder if they'd be interested in either Adam Larsson or Eric Gelinas in exchange for Zibanejad.
RW Jeremy Morin (CHI): I have absolutely no clue what Chicago would want for Jeremy Morin, but this guy generates all kinds of shots. If they wanted to trade Kris Versteeg I'd be interested in that too. I might deal Merrill for Morin and something extra - Chicago has Glendening for their offensive needs, but with Oduya probable to leave and Hjalmarsson starting to perhaps age into the unpleasant part of a defensive D's career, they may need someone like this.
RW Kyle Palmieri (ANA): He turns 24 this year and has never really gotten his shot at regular time on Anaheim. I don't know what Anaheim needs - quite possibly nothing, so this may be moot - but whatever it is, I'd like to snag him. I know he was a Rangers fan growing up but so was Santini. I might be willing to go something like Jagr and a 4th round pick for Palmieri later in the year if the team continues on its current trajectory. I might trade Boucher for Palmieri and a 3rd round pick but that's the kind of deal that's unlikely to go down.
Those are just 3 guys - there's others, but these players don't seem to grow on trees and the Devils just don't have one in their system - they have too many players who shoot left-handed. They need a young guy who has plenty of RFA time left.