Ryan Carter is now the last Unrestricted Free Agent on the NJ NHL roster. With that, attention fully turns to Ryan as the Devils and Carter try to work on a deal.
Tom Gulitti tweeted a status on Ryan Carter yesterday:
Ryan Carter’s agent Neil Sheehy says “Ryan has interest from teams, but nothing imminent at this time.” Also, “Devils are in the mix.”
— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) July 2, 2014
Once the Devils sign an official contract with Jacob Josefson, the Devils will have 14 forwards on their roster. With Carter being 15, there is clearly a log jam at the forward position.
So far, all 13 signed contracts are 1-way and Carter’s would almost certainly be 1-way. The only one that could possibly have a 2-way contract would be Jacob Josefson, but that would still leave 14 players at forward. Having 2 extra forwards is pretty traditional on an NHL roster but that also seals off any room on the roster for guys like Joe Whitney and Reid Boucher to move up.
While the Devils are “in the mix,” it also seems like Ryan may opt to go to another team in favor of more money or more playing time. Last season, Carter made $800,000 and had a cap hit of $775,000.
The Devils may also be looking to shop the likes of Michael Ryder or Dainius Zubrus to open both a roster spot and open some salary space. Lou Lamoriello has mentioned that he wants to keep together the CBGB line and he has already signed 2.
It will be interesting to see what the Devils are able to do as they are running out of space on their roster. They may also have trade proposals in place should Carter sign. You would have to imagine Lou wouldn’t load up on forwards without having a plan to dump some of the dead weight.
Do you think Ryan Carter will re-sign?
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