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Free agency was not kind to the Devils after they made the Stanley Cup Final, as they lost three key forwards to other teams and were only able to bring in two.
Parise, Ponikarovsky, and Sykora are gone and were replaced by Bobby Butler and Krys Barch. However, Butler has not played a full season in the NHL during his three-year career and Barch was brought in to be an enforcer rather than a scorer.
New Jersey will need to find a way to replace a total of 59 goals from last season without trading prospects away. It was rumored early in the offseason that New Jersey would be interested in Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan, but those talks were pushed aside once the lockout started.
Right now it is expected that Butler will start in Ponikarovsky's place and Dainius Zubrus will take over on the first line to replace Parise. New Jersey can still shift players like Jacob Josefson or Ryan Carter to wing, but there will be holes in the offense regardless.
There are players in the minors like Mattias Tedenby, Matt Anderson and Tim Sestito who have been playing well, and Butler has been the Albany Devils' best player during the lockout, but New Jersey will be putting a ton of pressure on them in 2013 if no moves are made.
Ultimately, it seems that fans will see a lot of Cam Janssen and Krys Barch, unless someone else steps up at left and right wing.