NHL: Grading the New Jersey Devils Offseason

Todd CordellCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2010

Today, I am going to grade the New Jersey Devils offseason moves aside from Ilya Kovalchuk.


Traded: F Matt Halischuk and a second round draft pick

Acquired: F Jason Arnott

I personally like this move, the Devils added an experienced and skilled center in Jason Arnott; however, he is somewhat injury prone which is a bit of a concern for me.

Grade: B


Signed: D Henrik Tallinder

This was a great signing by the Devils. Tallinder is a legitimate defenseman who is very experienced and can mentor the young guys on the team. What many people don't realize is that Tallinder played a huge role in the quick and steady development of Tyler Myers. If Alex Urbom does make the Devils, expect him to lean heavily on Tallinder.

Grade: A-


Signed: Anton Volchenkov

I love this signing. The Devils have been searching for a physical top-four defenseman since they lost Scott Stevens. Volchenkov will not put up many points but he will block every puck coming his way and hit anything that moves.

Grade: A


Signed: Johan Hedberg

This is a great signing for the Devils. They finally have a legitimate backup goalie who can carry the load if Marty Brodeur gets sick, injured or too fatigued. Hedberg is also a great team guy and will do everything he can to help this team win.

Grade: A


Overall I think the Devils have had a very successful off-season; however, we will have to let their play do the talking.


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