An in Depth Look at the New Jersey Devils Offseason Needs

Todd CordellCorrespondent IMay 22, 2010

NEWARK - OCTOBER 27:  The logo of the New Jersey Devils is reflected on the ice before the NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at the Prudential Center on October 27, 2007 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Though the Devils had a successful regular season, they fell short once again in the playoffs.

I am going to take a look at what the Devils could do to make themselves a successful playoff team once again.

FORWARDS

For most of the season the Devils forwards as a group played solid, when the big guns like Zach Parise and Patrik Elias were not scoring guys like Dainius Zubrus, Dean McAmmond and Brian Rolston stepped up which was good to see, however, the Devils forward were not as consistent as they need to be.

Needs: Line 2 centre, a scoring winger, and a depth forward

UFA possibilities: Matthew Lombardi, Ilya Kovalchuk, Eric Belanger, Adam Burish

In the system possibilities: Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson, Mattias Tedenby

DEFENSEMAN

The Devils defenseman were steady all year long for the most part and they all gave a 100 percent effort every night, however when your best defenseman is Paul Martin and he did not contribute at all even when he was healthy there is a problem.

Needs: Top 6 defenseman, and an offensive defenseman

UFA possibilites: Sergei Gonchar, Pavel Kubina, Adrian Aucoin and Dan Hamhuis

In the system possibilities: Harry Young, and/or Alex Urbom

GOALIES

Though Martin Brodeur was steady all season long, for the most part anyways, once again he ad the Devils failed to make it past the first round.

To be honest, I think it is time to move on from the Martin Brodeur era and get a new starter and if that is not possible trade or sign a legitimate backup who will play about 25 games.

Needs: New starter or legitimate backup

UFA possibilities: Dan Ellis, Evgeni Nabokov, or Marty Biron

In the system possibilities: Jeff Frazee

What do you think the Devils need this offseason? Feel free to comment with your thoughts.

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