With the worst over, the New Jersey Devils now have to look forward to next season.
It has been a rough couple months, losing the Stanley Cup to the Los Angeles Kings, losing both assistant coaches Larry Robinson and Adam Oates and, worst of all, losing Zach Parise, the captain, leader and arguably best player of the Devils.
Parise decided to take his talents up to St. Paul, his hometown.
But that's over with. The Devils named new assistant coaches today (including Hall of Fame Devil defender Scott Stevens) and are beginning preparations for next season.
Of course, the most pressing matter to deal with is replacing the gaping hole in the Devils offense. The problem with losing a player like Parise is that he had so many different aspects to his game. The Devils are not going to find a player with the same skill set.
What they can do, though—if I may borrow the plot of Moneyball for a second—is rebuild him. How is that done? Well, what did Parise offer?