Earlier in the year, I had asked if the Devils should bring back Jacob Josefson.
While the sample size was small, 13 people said yes while 7 said no.
Josefson will be a Restricted Free Agent meaning that the Devils can choose to send him a qualifying offer and that would bind them to him exclusively until they work something out (at least for the immediate future).
After signing a 1-way, $725,000 contract last season, Josefson’s qualifying offer is estimated at $761,250 according to Cap Geek.
Now, the question will be pushed a little farther.
There are a few grumblings of what exactly the Devils should do with Josefson. The Devils can just re-sign him and throw him around again and play him for 27 games or less. Josefson played in 27 games last season and had 1 goal and 2 assists.
He did have some injury problems but mainly found himself on the “scratched” end of the roster.
GM Lou Lamoriello most likely has a few more moves to make once the Stanley Cup Finals end. When the Finals conclude, teams can buy out their players and all eyes will be on if Bryce Salvador or Anton Volchenkov are bought out.
The Devils could trade Josefson in a package deal with someone else to snag another first round draft pick, but it will take a few more pieces than just Josefson to land that deal.
The Devils could also just simply let him walk. Jacob would become an Unrestricted Free Agent if he isn’t qualified by the deadline.
If the Devils are going to spend 1-way money on him and not really play him, it may just be better off to let him walk.
What should the Devils do with Jacob Josefson?