It's been a very interesting year thus far for the New Jersey Devils. After an outright abysmal first half of the season, the team has surged of late, and is currently the hottest team in the league, posting a 12-1-2 record in their last 15 games. However, the chances of the Devils making the playoffs remain a long shot at best. Even if you look at basic mathematics, the Devils will need to likely post 90 plus points, meaning they would need to have at least a 20-4-2 record in their last 26 games.
While I certainly wouldn't advocate "tanking" games, I think it may be prudent to try and sell off some pieces to help the Devils' salary cap situation, as well as trying to pick up some prospects and/or draft picks that could benefit the Devils next season, and beyond.
The question is, which players might Lou Lamoriello look to move, without hurting his credibility and loyalty, two things Lamoriello has a long track record of, and clearly holds in high regard. What type of return these guys could bring back to the Devils, a team that has no second round pick in next year's draft, is the biggest thing that will need to be considered, especially when you factor in the Devils will lose one of their next five first round picks due to the Ilya Kovalchuk salary cap "circumvention."
I've listed potential suitors for each player, but keep in mind, these are just speculation on my part, I do not have any actual rumors to back them up, it's just me speculating on teams that could be a potential fit for the player.
Lamoriello already shipped out Jamie Langenbrunner to Dallas on January 7th. His departure coincided with the Devils' turn around, whether or not it truly had anything to do with Langenbrunner is something hard to know for sure, I'll leave that to people with locker room access to address. However, Langenbrunner's on-ice record of 13-29-3 for the season definitely gives a hint if nothing else, that there's been a drop off in his play.