New Jersey Devils: 5 Stupid Narratives You Will Hear This Offseason

Mackenzie Blackwood #29 of the New Jersey Devils (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Mackenzie Blackwood #29 of the New Jersey Devils (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Pavel Zacha #37 of the New Jersey Devils (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Pavel Zacha, Anything Pavel Zacha

There have been so many opinions on Pavel Zacha already, and the offseason just started. Some say his season wasn’t as good as the numbers say it was, while others say he finally turned around his entire career and the team should treat him like a building block. Some say he’s an easy protection candidate in the Seattle Kraken expansion draft. The opposite of that says there’s nothing worth losing him for. Speaking of which, there are legit opinions saying he should be traded since his value is at his highest. Others think he isn’t even worth a 3rd-round pick.

Zacha might be the most volatile player on the roster. Everyone has an opinion about him, and none of them are normal. There are no “Zacha is a fine player who could be pretty good” opinions out there. There’s either pain and anguish about the fact that he’s not Mat Barzal or elation that the Devils finally got great production from the former sixth-overall pick.

Zacha opinions are only going to get crazier as the offseason goes on. There is a lot of things to speculate about in May or June. Then in July, everything happens. There’s the NHL Draft, free agency, and all of the major trades are usually done by the middle of July. It’s a famous notion that NHL GMs take August for their vacations, which is why there are no transactions during the month. So, since nothing is going on, the takes get wild. Expect to see some weird Zacha takes during this time of the year.