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NJD Off-season

Created by: Wereateam17
Initial Creation Date: Apr 12, 2021
Published: Apr 22 at 11:41
Team: 2021-22 New Jersey Devils
Team Explanation
Ideal Off-season for the devils:
1. NJ takes Luke Hughes who can increase offensive production on the backend for the devils and can quarterback the powerplay in the future.
2. Use NYI 1st rounder to select shoot first player late in the first round. Devils don't have many players who have a shoot first mentality which leads to them often getting to passive, especially on the pp. A couple of players NJ could go for include Matthew Coronato who put up 45 goals in 48 games in the USHL or Samu Tuomaala who also has a good release and put up 15 goals in 30 games in Finland. I say NJ goes for Coronato, mainly considering the fact that he was almost at a goal per game playing against older competition in the USHL.
3.Resign Ryan Murray- he's been good defensively and will probably be needed if the devils want to give blackwood any sort of defensive help.
4. Bring in a cheap RD- There are some options available both in UFA an RFA, or even by trade.
5.Sign a 3rd line center. Devils will need someone to replace zajac, especially on the pk, one player that comes to Thomas Nosek in VGK, or Luke Glendening.
6. Finally the devils will need to sign a back up for blackwood. Wedgewood has been decent but he is UFA or could also play for Binghamton at the beginning of next year. He would serve as a pretty decent 3rd goalie if Blackwood or the backup we/re to be injured
7. Find a guy who can finish plays and score goals and put him alongside Hughes.
8. Bring Holtz to NA
9. Trade for Bad Contract- Lots of teams around the league are looking for cap space, given that there's a flat cap for the next couple of years, a lot of teams will be trying to move bad contracts in order to resign their players or possibly sign a ufa. Devils could then use the assets they get from these trades and move them to acquire an impact player for the forward group.
2021 1st Round Picks:
Luke Hughes
Matthew Coronato
Free Agent Signings
RESERVE LISTYEARSCAP HIT
Holtz, Alexander3$925,000
Moynihan, Patrick3$925,000
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Bastian, Nathan2$975,000
Cormier, Evan1$750,000
Gignac, Brandon1$775,000
Greer, AJ1$750,000
Kuokkanen, Janne2$1,750,000
Quenneville, David2$775,000
Senn, Gilles2$750,000
Sharangovich, Yegor2$1,350,000
Siegenthaler, Jonas1$875,000
Studenic, Marian2$750,000
White, Colton2$750,000
Merkley, Nick1$1,000,000
Seney, Brett1$875,000
Mcleod, Michael2$950,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Murray, Ryan2$2,750,000
Wedgewood, Scott1$875,000
Jacobs, Josh2$850,000
Nosek, Tomas2$2,500,000
Hakanpää, Jani1$850,000
Janmark, Mattias2$3,000,000
Halák, Jaroslav2$2,750,000
CREATEDYEARSCAP HIT
Coronato, Matthew3$925,000
Hughes, Luke3$925,000
Trades
NJD
    ANA
    1. Butcher, Will
    Additional Details:
    Taken in the Expansion Draft
    NJD
    1. Neal, James
    2. Blümel, Matej [Reserve List]
    3. 2022 2nd round pick (EDM)
    EDM
    1. 2023 6th round pick (NJD)
    NJD
    1. Ladd, Andrew
    2. Durandeau, Arnaud
    3. 2022 1st round pick (NYI)
    4. 2023 7th round pick (NYI)
    Additional Details:
    '22 1st round pick becomes a '23 1st round pick if the Islanders miss the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs
    NYI
    1. 2022 5th round pick (CBJ)
    NJD
    1. Graves, Ryan
    Additional Details:
    Avs don't lose Graves for nothing in expansion draft and also free up cap space to resign Landeskog and Makar. MacDonald could also be a much cheaper replacement for the Avs.
    COL
    1. Maltsev, Mikhail
    2. Merkley, Nick
    3. 2022 2nd round pick (EDM)
    NJD
    1. DeBrusk, Jake
    2. 2022 7th round pick (BOS)
    BOS
    1. Johnsson, Andreas ($1,500,000 retained)
    2. Thompson, Tyce
    3. 2023 2nd round pick (NJD)
    Buyouts
    • Cory Schneider: $2,000,000
    • Andrew Ladd: $4,833,333
    Retained Salary Transactions
    • Andreas Johnsson: $1,500,000 (44.12%)
    • Will Butcher: $910,569 (24%)
    Recapture Fees
    • Ilya Kovalchuk: $250,000
    DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
    2021
    NJD
    NYI
    NYI
    NJD
    NJD
    BUF
    NJD
    ARI
    2022
    NJD
    NYI
    NJD
    NJD
    NJD
    NYI
    NJD
    NJD
    NJD
    BOS
    2023
    NJD
    NJD
    NJD
    NJD
    NJD
    NYI
    ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
    23$81,500,000$73,515,568$0$5,600,000$7,984,432

    Roster

    Left WingCenterRight Wing
    NJD
    Zacha, Pavel
    $2,250,000
    LW, C
    RFA - 1
    NJD
    Hischier, Nico
    $7,250,000
    C
    UFA - 6
    NJD
    Bratt, Jesper
    $2,750,000
    LW, RW
    RFA - 1
    BOS
    DeBrusk, Jake
    $3,675,000
    LW
    RFA - 1
    NJD
    Hughes, Jack
    $925,000
    C
    RFA - 1
    NJD
    Holtz, Alexander
    $925,000
    RW, LW
    RFA - 3
    NJD
    Kuokkanen, Janne
    $1,750,000
    LW, C
    RFA
    Nosek, Tomas
    $2,500,000
    C, LW
    UFA - 2
    Janmark, Mattias
    $3,000,000
    LW, C
    UFA - 1
    NJD
    Wood, Miles
    $2,750,000
    LW
    RFA - 1
    NJD
    Mcleod, Michael
    $950,000
    C
    RFA - 2
    NJD
    Sharangovich, Yegor
    $1,350,000
    RW, LW, C
    RFA - 2
    Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
    COL
    Graves, Ryan
    $3,166,667
    LD
    UFA - 2
    NJD
    Subban, P.K.
    $9,000,000
    RD
    UFA - 1
    NJD
    Blackwood, Mackenzie
    $2,800,000
    G
    RFA - 2
    NJD
    Smith, Ty
    $863,333
    LD/RD
    RFA - 2
    NJD
    Severson, Damon
    $4,166,666
    RD
    UFA - 2
    Halák, Jaroslav
    $2,750,000
    G
    NMC
    UFA - 1
    NJD
    Murray, Ryan
    $2,750,000
    LD
    UFA - 1
    Hakanpää, Jani
    $850,000
    RD
    UFA - 3
    ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
    EDM
    Neal, James
    $5,750,000
    RW, LW
    UFA - 2
    NJD
    Bastian, Nathan
    $975,000
    RW, C
    RFA - 2
    NJD
    Siegenthaler, Jonas
    $875,000
    LD
    RFA - 2

    Special Teams

    Power Play 1
    DeBrusk, J.
    Hischier, N.
    Holtz, A.
    Smith, T.
    Hughes, J.
    Power Play 2
    Bratt, J.
    Zacha, P.
    Janmark, M.
    Severson, D.
    Subban, P.
    Penalty Kill 1
    Mcleod, M.
    Sharangovich, Y.
    Graves, R.
    Severson, D.
    Penalty Kill 2
    Nosek, T.
    Zacha, P.
    Murray, R.
    Hakanpää, J.

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    Apr 22 at 11:42
    #1
    Joined: Jan 2017
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    Edited Apr 22 at 11:48
    Bruins decline. No reason to downgrade.
    Bruins1054_gmb and Newgod77 liked this.
    Apr 22 at 11:44
    #2
    Joined: Apr 2021
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    Go ahead and make an honest effort to justify that boston trade.
    Apr 22 at 11:47
    #3
    Joined: Sep 2020
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    FYI edit in the description that our first first round pick is Luke Hughes, not Dylan Guenther.
    Apr 22 at 11:50
    #4
    Vegan Commie Hipster
    Joined: Oct 2020
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    Awesome to see appreciation for Coronato 🌠
    Apr 22 at 11:56
    #5
    Joined: Jun 2015
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    Graves to the devils could happen but its not bc they are afraid hes gone in the XD, they wont trade him prior to the draft

    But the trade Merkley offers 0 value to the Avs, he went unclaimed on the waiver wire for a reason, and with his cap hit, its bc he doesnt offer much.
    The pick is good, but the throw ins really arent as tempting
    Apr 22 at 11:58
    #6
    Sens Sicko from '06
    Joined: Apr 2021
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    I actually think this is relatively well thought out, with the exception of the Boston trade. I think trying to find a RW of DeBrusk's caliber is smarter, because Bratt is playing really well on the Left. I also think the Hughes-Holtz connection will eventually be lethal, so that's exciting.

    On the other hand, it might be interesting not to look for another forward and continue to let the ones you have develop. I think Zacha, Sharangovich, Kuokkanen, and McLeod have all benefitted from more playing time this year, and might be even better if that isn't taken away. I might not shake it up much and do this for the top 9 instead:

    Zacha-Hischier-Bratt (ik what I said but still)
    Kuokkanen-Hughes-Holtz
    Wood-McLeod-Sharangovich

    That all being said, I think your D and G moves are smart.
    Apr 22 at 11:59
    #7
    Joined: May 2019
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    Coronato would be great - but he will be gone in 1st half of 1st round.
    Maybe Simon Robertsson gets to late 1st.

    One alternative if you want power play QB and a shooter...
    Take Guenther, Lucius or even Sillinger with 1st pick (best shots in draft)
    And grab Scott Morrow with the NYI pick, if its PPQB you want.
    Apr 22 at 12:23
    #8
    I like to hockey
    Joined: Apr 2019
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    The two draft picks are ideal if NJ is fortunate enough to have those two players available at their picks.
     
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