New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello has been recently quoted as saying the team is looking for a LW to slide onto the Jagr and Zajac line. He has tried to fix it internally with Reid Boucher, and now Joe Whitney gets his long awaited (and deserved) chance to prove he is the one.
However, it is unlikely that Whitney is the answer if this team wants to make a run at the playoffs.
While nothing ever gets out about the New Jersey Devils and rumors around the league, the team has been coming up in some recently. I’ve heard names like Dany Heatley and Evander Kane thrown around. While they are players that are getting thrown around, I wouldn’t expect a splash like that unless the price is right.
A more realistic place to look is the Edmonton Oilers. They are in need of defenseman, which the Devils have a huge logjam of. Also there are plenty of younger ones in the Devils system that could attract Edmonton.
Ales Hemsky is a name that has been long linked to the Devils, and his familiarity with fellow Czech players like Elias, Jagr and Zidlicky could help his cause.
This however depends on what the asking price would be from Edmonton, which could be too steep for New Jersey because of the lack of draft picks this season.
Another trade that makes sense with the two teams is a trade revolving around Adam Larsson and Jordan Eberle. The Devils need a top end young forward and the Oilers need a top end young defenseman.
While Larsson is in the AHL currently, that is no knock on the former fourth overall pick. As mentioned earlier he has to deal with a very tough group to crack in New jersey. When he has gotten NHL time he has looked very good for a 21 year old playing defense in the NHL.
As the Olympic break gets here, GM’s are not allowed to make a trade during that time. My sources say after the Devils return from the break you’ll start to see Lou work on some trades. Now that can mean buying for a playoff run, or selling to stock draft picks.
The upcoming week is a huge determinate of what Lou does on the trade market.