New Jersey Devils: 5 Possible Trades That New Jersey Needs to Make
While the Devils have eight or nine good NHL-ready defensemen (Andy Greene, Bryce Salvador, Henrik Tallinder, Mark Fayne, Marek Zidlicky, Adam Larsson, Alex Urbom, Anton Volchenkov, Peter Harrold), they are very weak at the right wing position.
This will obviously affect their trade needs, as they'd be looking for a top-six winger or a third-line winger. So let's look at some possible trades.
1. Nashville Predators: Marek Zidlicky and a 2nd-Round Pick for Sergei Kostitsyn
I start off this list with Sergei Kostitsyn. He's capable of playing on that first line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac/Adam Henrique.
The Devils could take the trade and then sign him for a few years. If they really want more certainty, take him and his brother, who'll form a good tandem at the right wing position.
It wouldn't take much to get him (Zidlicky is definitely replaceable, and the second-round pick wouldn't be that big a loss).
2. Edmonton Oilers: Henrik Tallinder and a 3rd-Round Pick for Ales Hemsky
Ales Hemsky, when healthy, is an extremely talented right wingers.
Unfortunately, he's had trouble staying on the ice the past few years. Still, there's no reason to believe that the Czech forward has lost his ability to be a 70-point player.
Provided he plays good two-way defense, he would be a good fit on the first line.
Henrik Tallinder would be a good trade because of Edmonton's huge defensive need and offensive surplus, while the Devils gain great offense while losing a good defenseman.
3. Colorado Avalanche: Marek Zidlicky for Steve Downie and a 4th-Round Pick
Sure, Steve Downie isn't a 50-point guy, nor is he even really a second-line guy. Still, he could stay on that third line and be a good grinder to play alongside Jacob Josefson and a player like Mattias Tedenby.
They'd only have to get rid of Marek Zidlicky, leaving seven or eight other good defensemen on the main roster. In this deal, they would also get a fourth-round pick..
4. Columbus Blue Jackets: Derek Dorsett and a 2nd-Round Pick for Marek Zidlicky
The Devils would be stealing youth out of Columbus' hands by taking Derek Dorsett.
Dorsett is improving every year, his skill set it close to Nick Palmieri's and the Devils would be receiving a second-round pick as well for their troubles. When looking at Columbus' future, that could be a high pick.
This deal helps them in the future.
5. Anaheim Ducks: Bobby Ryan for Marek Zidlicky, Travis Zajac + a 3rd-Round Pick
Bobby Ryan—the biggest name out there and Cherry Hill, N.J. native—could find his way out of Anaheim this offseason. Devils fans have to hope management gets involved.
Anaheim wants a second-line center and a good defenseman. Marek Zidlicky and Travis Zajac would both come in right away and do a great job.
Zidlicky would be a top-four defenseman there as well. Consider the third-round pick icing on the cake.
Unfortunately, it would take star power like Zajac to make this potential deal happen.