5 Questions New Jersey Devils Must Answer This Season

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Is P.K. Subban Cooked?

This question might be a little too on the nose, but the Devils need to get right to the point with P.K. Subban. He was awful last season in his first year in New Jersey. He still has two years left on his contract paying him $9 million per season. The Devils can afford this if it’s just a sunk cost, but obviously, ownership would love to have more bang for their buck.

Subban looks like he’s playing on a line with Ryan Murray, who the Devils got from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the offseason. The impending unrestricted free agent has been dealing with injuries for most of his career, but the Devils hope this season is different. He’s a true defensive defenseman, so he should be a good partner for Subban.

Subban is only 31 years old, so he should still be in the end of his prime. There are plenty of defensemen who are still very good late into their 30s. It doesn’t make a lot of sense that Subban would just fall off completely with no real explanation.

Subban is another player the Devils desperately hope can bounce back. Either way, he’s likely going to be exposed in the Seattle Kraken expansion draft, and there’s a possibility they could look to bring him on the last year of his deal to see if he has enough left to fight for a new deal. However, if he truly is something worth keeping, the Devils will find out this season.