Apr 4, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Ryan Carter (20) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

NJ Devils Free Agency: Will Ryan Carter Re-Sign?

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:

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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  • philip

    to be honest, the CBGB line was SO bad last year that I dont know if the line should remain intact… granted the entire line suffered from injuires last year… it was rare to see that entire line playing together since gionta had the ankle issues, carter had the concussion issues… it was tough for them to to gain traction… if they are able to stay on the ice, play together for an extended period, and retain that diesel chemistry that made them one of the X-factor reasons the Devils made it to the Finals, then I’m all for carter resigning… but do be honest those cats aren’t young so its a risk-reward situation… the way they played last year, i think its better to hone some of the young guys they have (boucher and josefson)

    • Thomas Formoso

      I agree. Originally, I said I really only wanted Carter to come back. Now that Lou has decided to bring back Gionta and Bernier, I think there isn’t a place for Carter anymore. The Devils are already trying to move forwards and that’s without Josefson and Carter officially signed (Josefson will come eventually though). I think it may be time to move on because, as you said, we need to open up some space for guys like Boucher, Josefson, Whitney, Sislo, Sestito, and Timmins to either cycle in or get comfortable.