I think it's definitely a little ridiculous to have 14m sitting on the third line when the team lacks any real top-end talent. It's money sunk that would best be spent elsewhere..like on a 1st line player.
Of the Devils top-6 (and other scorers) this season..
Zajac: 2C on a good team
Jagr: 2W on a good team
Brunner: 3W (at best)
Clowe: 3W on a good team
Ryder: 3W, although I'd honestly argue he's less useful than that even
Zubrus: 3W at best
I mean..wow. That's a pretty bad forward roster. Jagr definitely overachieved this year which helped tremendously..unfortunately his contributions were kind of wiped out by Brunner and Ryder.
There's not a bona-fide first line player on this year's roster. Wasting so much money on bottom-6 players like you're suggesting would be foolish.