2012-2013 New Jersey Devils (Team News, Player Discussion Part XXI)
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11-18-2012, 05:26 PM
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If this lockout goes the full season, the next "off-season" is the next thing we have to look forward to
UFAs will be Zubrus, Elias, Zajac, Clarkson, Zidlicky, Harrold
RFAs will be Tedenby, Josefson, Henrique
We'll have $37m in cap space with the current $70m cap limit
If for some reason the NHL and NHLPA find the light at the end of their *******s and can finally pull their heads out, and we will have a shortened season, we've got 2 forward positions to be filled with main competition being Tedenby and Butler or one of the camp tree out players
You know, I'm having more and more of a feeling that Josefson may push himself into a top six role. Only problem is it forces Henrique to wing, or even Henrique down to the third line.
Regardless, we still have two holes to fill in the top nine. Josefson may fill one of them, but by doing so, he creates two holes on the third line. Best scenario is two of Parse, Butler, or Tedenby step into a top-six role with one playing a third line role, but that scenario doesn't look to well with the way they are playing in Albany. Also doesn't account for if Henrique has any kind of a sophomore slump. No doubt in my mind he will remain an NHL player as he could just as easily play a third line role, but if he can't sustain a top six role, and he did falter a bit 3/4 of the way through last year, we will be in trouble.
A lot of question marks to me, and concerns. Even worse if we lose a majority of the UFA forwards as well...Gotta hope we keep at least one of Elias or Zajac and at least one of Zubrus or Clarkson. Preferably, we'd keep them all, but we get 3/4 to remain, I can live with that.
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