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Post here when someone from the 2014-15 Devils gets an NHL job

30 July 2015 - 11:29 AM

It's July 30th, and Dainius Zubrus's buyout was just completed.  That makes him the 14th 2014-15 Devil to be a UFA or have pending UFA status this the off-season, let's see how they are doing.


Well, Jaromir Jagr signed with the Panthers, Peter Harrold got a 2 way contract from the Blues, Joe Whitney a 2 way deal from the Islanders, and Scott Clemmensen retired from playing hockey.   The rest of NJ's UFAs are free agents.


These are the players who played for the Devils last year and are currently UFAs in the NHL (some of them have signed overseas already):













Regardless, this thread is for discussing these players and posting when one of these guys actually gets a gig somewhere else.  We know Sestito and Brunner won't play in the NHL next year, but I'll bet Fraser, Havlat, and Ryder don't either.  Zidlicky and Bernier are the only locks to play again IMO.  It's astounding how (so far) the NHL is rejecting the guys who played for this team.

Mikhail Grigorenko

10 June 2015 - 10:42 AM

Well, the dream of Brett Connolly on the Devils died when he was sent to Boston for 2 2nd round picks, but it's just as well - 2 2nd round picks is too much for NJ to spend on a guy with his track record.  The question is, is Mikhail Grigorenko an intriguing option for NJ?


He's in the same boat as Stefan Matteau was - he was called up too early and he can no longer return to the minors without passing through waivers, something which I don't think he will do.  Buffalo looks kinda like this for next year:


E. Kane-Eichel-B. Gionta

Ennis-S. Reinhart-?

Moulson-Girgensons-M. Foligno?

Who Cares


Now there's holes on Buffalo's RW and maybe that's where they will slot Grigorenko in, but there's probably no spot for him at center unless they use Eichel on the wing.


Here's the pros to Grigorenko:


Good numbers in the minors:  in 52 games, Grigorenko has 14 goals and 28 assists in the AHL.  Those are solid numbers and they don't look goosed by better teammates.

Can play center and right wing.

Possible excellent upside.

Jay Grossman is his agent and has dealt with the Devils plenty in recent years




Obviously, the Russian thing, but that's less of a factor with the decline of the ruble.  

There were rumors going around that Grigorenko is older than his stated birth age - well, that's a problem if it's true

There've been questions about his effort and defense


I'm not sure how willing Buffalo is to trade him but if NJ offered a 2nd and Gelinas or a 2nd and Matteau for a 3rd and Grigorenko, I think they'd at least have to listen.  I don't love offering Matteau in this theoretical trade but NJ already has 2 guys for his spot plus a bunch of guys in the minors who can theoretically fill that spot in the years to come.  It would be great if NJ could move S. Gionta instead of one of their young players as a sentimental throw-in but I don't think that's how a trade like this will work.


Anyway it may not work out because Buffalo seems to have an RW issue like NJ does and I don't see how trading him makes that better.