For the most part, the New Jersey Devils did what they had to do at the NHL Trade Deadline last Monday. Interim general manager Tom Fitzgerald unloaded three players set to hit unrestricted free agency this summer; goaltender Louis Domingue, defenseman Sami Vatanen, and forward Wayne Simmonds. In addition, he dealt veteran captain Andy Greene along with forward Blake Coleman just over a week ago.
Some other players remaining on the Devils roster after the deadline were kicked around in rumors, but ended up not being dealt. Fitzgerald understandably set a sky-high price on forward Kyle Palmieri and didn’t budge as he was never truly shopping him. Two of the younger players on the team in defenseman Damon Severson and forward Miles Wood were mentioned as potential options to be moved, but nothing came to fruition.
Between injuries and trades, there’s not much left on the Devils roster. As the team looks to hit the reset button over the summer, there will surely be more changes to come once the season is over. Which players that are still present after the deadline could be playing their last few months in a Devils sweater? Here are five players who could fall out of favor before season’s end.