2012-2013 New Jersey Devils (Team News, Player Discussion Part XX)
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11-18-2012, 08:20 AM
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The chief problem with Sal - and why I'm much more angry about giving this contract to him than I would be extending Zubrus with an over-35 contract at $3.4M for three years - is we have defense prospects. Lots of them. Excellent ones.
We don't have forward prospects.
As it stands, we've got one more NHL defenseman than we need right now, and I'm not sure how Gelinas or Urbom or Burlon could earn a roster spot given all the NHL depth ahead of them. And that's about a third of the defenseman who
be worthy in the next couple years.
As it stands now we're going to have to trade a Tallinder or Volchenkov sooner rather than later anyway because of Sal coming back, so it's pretty much a wash for this year. Zidlicky's most likely gone after this year (though I said the same thing about Sal last year) so that opens up a spot. I don't know if more than one of the kids are going to be ready for next year anyway. Or one of 'them' could be traded for a forward prospect.
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