Tanking is just different here. What is the definition of tanking?
Lou tried to put together a solid squad this season and everything blew up. Is that tanking?
The players are trying to win, Pete is icing the best line up he can every night. Is that tanking?
Tanking is a concept that really doesn't happen.
Now if we want to trade our pieces at the deadline (or a little before it) and gets some value back for Free Agents - that's not tanking either. That's prepping for the future.
Tell that to the Sixers that are intentionally putting up the worst possible team with the intention of losing.
It can and does happen, but that's not what the Devils are doing.
If, in the next month, they deal zidlicky, ryder, jagr, and gomez and are just putting any albany guy they can find, that would be tanking.