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Z-Man

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UFA consideration thread

05 February 2015 - 11:33 AM

Obviously the Devils will have some decent cap room going into next season, and will need some NHL caliber bodies up front.  Here's a list of some of the more intriguing UFAs that will be available, and may make sense for NJ.

 

Drew Stafford

Age: 29

Previous contract:  4 years, $16 million

2015 stats:  46 GP, 8 G, 15 A, -19

Note:  Contract extension was signed after his 31 goal season.  Still relatively young UFA wise.  Right wing, RH shot, something needed depth-wise for NJ.  Underperformed offensively based on his contract.

 

Chris Stewart

Age: 27

Previous contract:  2 years, $8.3 million

2015 stats:  49 GP, 9 G, 9 A, -28

Notes:  Big body, very inconsistent.  Had back to back 28 goal season early in his career, but has bounced around since & hasn't lived up to his potential.  Another right wing, RH shot.

 

Justin Williams

Age: 33

Previous contract:  4 years, $14.6 million

2015 stats:  49 GP, 13 G, 12 A, +4

Notes:  Conn Smythe winner.  Clutch performer.  Probably will be overpaid by a cup contender based on those facts.

 

Scottie Upshall

Age: 31

Previous contract:  4 years, $14 million

2015 stats:  35 GP, 5 G, 6 A, -3

Notes:  Already played for 5 NHL teams.  Was the sixth overall pick in the draft in 2002.  Put up career best stats in 2014, but still only had 15 goals and 22 points for Florida.

 

Michael Frolik

Age: 27

Previous contract:  1 year, $3.3 million

2015 stats:  53 GP, 10 G, 17 A, +3

Notes:  Very young for a UFA.  Our group of Czech players may make him feel comfortable. 

 

Sean Bergenheim

Age: 31

Previous contract:  4 years, $11 million

2015 stats:  37 GP, 8 G, 10 A, +1

Notes:  Decent depth player, probably not a top 6 guy, though.  Will likely be the 7th straight year he's hit double digits in goals, but has never scored more than 17, and never hit 30 points.

 

Mike Santorelli

Age: 30

Previous contract:  1 year, $1.5 million

2015 stats:  52 GP, 10 G, 18 A, +7

Notes:  Hot commodity on the trade market.  Most likely will be a career year for him points-wise, but has never been a consistently good offensive performer.  Good shootout performer.

2010-11 vs. 2014-15

06 January 2015 - 10:47 AM

Everyone wants to forget the 10-11 season with Johnny Mac behind the bench, eventually fired and replaced by Lemaire.  However, now that the Devils are essentially getting healthy & have new coaches behind the bench, is there any chance they have a complete turnaround like they did late in that season?

 

2010-11 Season after 41 games:  10-29-2, 22 points

Next 28 games:  23-3-2, 48 points

 

2014-15 Season after 41 games:  14-20-7, 35 points

Next 41 games:  ??????

 

I still say that the roster as it stands today would not be capable of a ridiculous turnaround like in 2011, and the Devils would be better off selling at the deadline and getting future assets.  But the fact that a complete reversal DID happen a few years ago does give me slight hope.

GDT: Devils at Flyers 12/11/14 7:00PM

10 December 2014 - 11:03 PM

DEVILS (11-13-5) at FLYERS (9-13-5)

 

TV: MSG, CSN-PH

Season series: Dainius Zubrus' goal at 7:13 of the third period snapped a 4-4 tie and propelled the New Jersey Devils to a 6-4 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 9 at Wells Fargo Center. It was the Devils' fourth straight win in Philadelphia.

 

Devils team scope: General manager Lou Lamoriello wasn't sure if forwards Mike Cammalleri and Zubrus could play Thursday, according to Northjersey.com. Cammalleri has missed the past two games with a lower-body injury; Zubrus sat out the Devils' game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday because of a laceration to his left leg. "Sometimes it's day-to-day and now it's like hour-to-hour," Lamoriello said. Defenseman Adam Larsson has been diagnosed with the mumps and remains in isolation. Lamoriello revealed the diagnosis Wednesday, according to Northjersey.com. He also said Travis Zajac had the mumps but is expected to play Thursday. "Travis had it, but he's over it," Lamoriello said, according to Northjersey.com. "This [the confirmation] only came about the last two days. Adam is on the recovery period right now from what the doctors said."

 

 

Let's Go Devils!!!!!!

 

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