The New Jersey Devils are a playoff team. That much should be sure, as the reigning Eastern Conference champs still sit near the top of the standings more than a third of the way through the season.
Moving forward, the Devils should be focused on how to solidify the team for a playoff run. While they have many strengths, there are certainly issues that can be cleared up.
The easiest way to fill these roster holes are through trades. Last year, the Devils picked up Alexei Ponikarovsky early on, and then acquired defenseman Marek Zidlicky days before the trade deadline. Down the stretch, both players were able to come up huge; Poni even managed an overtime goal against the Flyers to give the Devils the series lead.
Once again, the Devils have an opportunity to shore up their team in preparation for the Stanley Cup playoffs. You can expect them to make some moves, but who would make sense to target?
The following six players are all free agents after this season. reducing their value. Each is attainable, and each would bring a whole new talent to an already dangerous team.