The NHL trade deadline is just under two weeks away and the New Jersey Devils are a flawed team. Their need for a top-six forward is no secret and it is a void that has not been filled after Zach Parise left.
New Jersey has a surplus of capable defenseman. Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger reported that scouts had been watching Henrik Tallinder before he went down with an injury. Tallinder is expected back soon. The Devils have a few good defensive prospects down the pipeline and a defense-for-offense swap might be worth it.
On the other hand, could they possibly be sellers? ESPN's Craig Custance hinted they may want to shop David Clarkson, considering they may not resign the free-agent-to-be.
That sounds a little wacky. The Devils have been in the playoff mix virtually every year in the past two decades, and as a result are typically looking to add talent at the deadline. General manager Lou Lamoriello knows how to make the most out of the small deals as well as land the big fish. Last year, he added Marek Zidlicky and the defenseman was a key part of the playoff run.
'Tis the season. Let's look at Lamoriello's best deadline deals, or deals that were close to the deadline. The criteria here is not just the best player acquired, but the guy with the most impact to success and the timeliness of the deal.
If you think of some other great ones, drop a comment.