2012-2013 New Jersey Devils (Team News, Player Discussion Part XXI)
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11-18-2012, 06:08 PM
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All good points, but I meant the UFA market in general mostly. haha
That`s one heck of an UFA crop.
It's a pretty good crop to chose from however again, we have to realize Lou doesn't usually go that route - but then we have to realize on the other hand, with guys aging and becoming FAs and potentially going elsewhere, he may not have many other choices than going to the FA market
Good point about Matteau, this season is one more towards coming to NJ and who knows, maybe he's even ready
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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.
THE priority is Zajac, it'll hurt real bad not just losing our top center, but losing 2 of our top forwards in consecutive free agencys is a big one to digest
Patty will be back if he wants to be, he's hinted at retirement in the next 2-4 years, but I can't see him doing so after reaching the cup finals and having a season taken away from him
Zubrus is Lou's kind of player and I think he'd be back, would hurt to loose his size and versatility, and especially coffee making skills, how when the team is on a west coast trip will they get enough caffeine to keep awake on those tough days with out him around? His age sticks out, he could be back on a 2-3 year deal
Clarkson is an interesting one, he'll get some offers that he is not worth, and he has an obsession with playing here, so we'll see what his priorities are
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