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I want to make one point clear off the bat—the Devils are still on the hook to surrender a first-round draft pick to the NHL for the Ilya Kovalchuk trade.
I believe this upcoming draft will be the year the Devils will decide to surrender that pick should they make it past the first round of the playoffs, thus giving them a pick in the 20-30 range.
We are unlikely to see another Adam Larsson anytime soon. Someone who was taken in the first round and immediately jumped into the NHL without any time in the minors.
Bryce Salvador, currently at a $2.9 million cap hit, is unlikely to be signed.
Petr Sykora is currently paid $650,000—I suspect the Devils will bring him back at a $1 million, one-year contract.
Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg are impending unrestricted free agents. Hedberg will be re-signed at his current contract and Brodeur will take another one for the team and take a 50-percent pay cut for one, or hopefully two years at $2.6 million.
Alexi Ponikarovsky will not be re-signed, freeing up another $1.5 million.
The Devils currently hold two roster spots for enforcers. Cam Janssen will not be re-signed, and Eric Boulton will either have his final year bought out or be placed in the minors.
Steve Bernier has earned a new contract, but it is likely to be a two-way deal. I don't think there will be any serious interest in him from other teams next year.
The buyouts of Andrew Peters and Jay Pandolfo will end, saving the team around $1 million in cap space.
Ryan Carter will be let go to test free agency.
Finally, Zach Parise will be re-signed. Guessing Parise's contract is taking a shot in the dark but I'm guessing the Devils offer the exact same deal Kovalchuk got.