When analyzing whether the New Jersey Devils are a Stanley Cup contender, what sticks out is their anemic offense. At 23rd in the league, they lack secondary and tertiary scoring. So in order to get back to the final round and perhaps one step further, it would help to add another scoring threat, right?
Custance refers to the still-open wound left from losing Zach Parise to the Minnesota Wild via free agency. Considering Clarkson has blossomed into a legitimate scoring threat in the last year-and-a-half, the Devils may be weary to part ways with another top forward for nothing in return.
It may be a harsh reality, but such is life in the business of the NHL. Most Devils fans might think it ludicrous to deal their leading goal scorer when they are fighting for playoff position, but let's look at this as a serious option.