A few changes would have made the New Jersey Devils season much better.
Hindsight is always 2020. The New Jersey Devils should have never signed Michael Cammalleri to a five-year deal. Ryane Clowe’s concussion history should have concerned us more. Ilya Kovalchuk’s behavior during the 2012-13 lockout should have let us know what was going to happen that offseason. Hindsight would be great for the Devils, especially recently.
2019 was a year where we wish our hindsight was more foresight. The Devils made so many moves that we thought were going to put them into playoff contention. Instead, they were one of the worst teams from the beginning.
As bad as the Devils season went, a few different moves could have literally changed things insanely. Some would have made things better, others would have just made things different. Either way, it couldn’t have been worse than what we saw. The season led to a coach being fired, stars being traded, GM fired just weeks before the trade deadline, a captain traded, another four players were sent out before the traded deadline, and the Devils were once again terrible.
Take a breath. That was a lot to relive.
Okay, welcome back. Now that we see how things went with the moves the Devils made, we look at the small and big decisions that led us there, and how certain adjustments would have led to things going a lot better. Whether it’s adding this, deleting that, or just doing it in a different way, those changes could have made fans a lot happier.