Lou Lamoriello and the New Jersey Devils have a lot of work to do this offseason. Eight players will become unrestricted free agents come July 1 and four others will be restricted free agents.
For the first time in a long time, it is safe to say that Lamoriello will be busy over the summer. He has a tendency to keep all of his moves extremely quiet, which will be the case this offseason, but he does need to make some changes.
After reaching the Stanley Cup Final two seasons ago, the Devils did not make the playoffs this past season, making it twice in the past three years that they have failed to do so. That being said, the Devils need to make some serious changes.
In the 2013-14 season, the NHL salary cap will decrease from its current $70 million ceiling to $64.3 million, which means that all teams will need to manage their money accordingly. The Devils will have about $24.9 million to spend on the 12 roster spots that need to be filled.
Here are guidelines for the Devils as to which players should stay and which ones should go.