I think Zidlicky will re-sign unless Larsson has a huge year and Merrill, Urbom, and Gelinas are ready.
Highly unlikely. Devils need to get younger and faster on defense and on their roster. I expect the Devils to focus any spending on their forwards the next offseason or two.
Zidlicky is a solid PP guy but he is getting older and is not the most reliable from a defensive standpoint. He is also not likely to take huge paycut and the Devils already have Salvador, Tallinder, and Volch.
I'm cool with Matteau playing some games, but I'm not sure what we're gonna do about this roster space. With 8 defensemen including Harrold, we can only carry 13 forwards, and if Darche makes the team I'm not sure what we're gonna be able to work with.
Janssen has to be the odd man out, and rightfully so cause he's on a two way. I hope he never plays for this team again, because he's top 5 of the worst players in the league.
Kovy, Zajac, Butler, Zubrus, Elias,Clarkson, Josefson, Carter, Gionta, Bernier, Barch, Darche, Matteau/Tedenby. That's 13 right there to start with.
I can see Lou holding on to the 8 D-men till the trade deadline, then he can cash in on a massive over payment.
That's most of the season though (3/4 to be exact - 36 games), a little long to ride it out if you're hoping to trade one of the d-men for a forward that can help. And then if someone gets hurt you can't cash in anyway.
Ya I agree Lou is going to hold most of his cards until the deadline before making any sort of big deal, if he even does. Always possible he makes some smaller deals along the way ala Poni, but unless he sees something easy and cheap, he will hold out. All that D he definitely has his ear to the street, but we will never know who is looking into until it is over.
To fully replicate goals lost from last season, ya we definitely need to bring someone in unless Tedy just explodes or something. Syk's and Poni's goals could be replaced by Butler, a better 4th line, and other guys like Kovy and JJ stepping up, maybe better production from the blueline as they begin to develop more. Who knows maybe we can roll a PP that isn't a complete joke, that would DEFINITELY help fill the void if we actually start scoring on the PP.
I think/hope we can make due, but we need to bring someone in to make up for what was lost with Zach. Just going to have to be patient on that front.
A good PP will help. Oates was a joke last year, and he waited way too long to make adjustments, and it cost us games with those shorthanded goals last year, and it cost us in the SCF. We need the PK to be good too. I would rather see different forwards on the PP, than on the PK this year. Not saying none can play both. Just wanna see a few changes that's all. I feel we can roll with guys like Bernier, Carter, and possibly Gio, and definitely Josefson on the PK.
Same with defensemen too. I don't understand why Zidlicky got so much PK time in the playoffs. Darche could be some relief on the PK too. That way we don't have to burn out Kovy, Patty, Zajac, etc by burning them out so much on both units.
If even one of Butler, Darche, or Tedenby isn't able to cut it, then we are in a hole and are going to need to find somebody to fill that void and with our current situation, there isn't any body to go to
The more depth and options, the better
I agree with this, but it seems as if the Devils are willing to wait it out. I wouldn't be surprised to see Matteau get his 4 or 5 games in either if he plays well, could definitely help the Devils in the beginning depth-wise if he's playing well.
I initially thought Sykora would be in camp though. I can see bringing in another winger, but a center just adds to our strength and just takes away time from Josefson or Henrique eventually. The only center I'd be willing to add is someone like Dominic Moore, who eventually settles in as a 4C when everyone is healthy. Arnott will likely not move from the 3C position, thus forcing Josefson out of position or to the fourth line.
He's one of the top UFA's available in terms of his production last year..
I think Sykora is actually the first right now. He was second highest in production last year while Doan was still on the market before the lockout. If they won't bring back Sykie, they definitely won't bring back Arnie. Besides I thought he was invited to camp by the Stars?