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.
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
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
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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