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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.