The New Jersey Devils are out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs again. It’s been a decade of dread. Every year, the Devils are on the outside looking in, so they might as well look at some of the players that could be future Devils.
The first round is the best time to really take in the best of the best in the NHL. We get to see the type of players who are making a special impact for their team. Playoff hockey brings out the best in some players and the worst in others. The pressure hits different, and it can be a great place to evaluate future stars.
It can also be a spot where we overreact. We can count so many times when a deep run turns into a bad contract. A lot of the time, it doesn’t happen with unrestricted free agents. Often times it happens with restricted free agents the team is keen on keeping long term. However, the Devils should still be careful.
Upcoming free agents the New Jersey Devils should focus on in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
That is especially true for the goalie. There are six starting goalies in the playoffs who are set to be unrestricted free agents (if you count Casey DeSmith and David Rittich). Think about what all six of these players can do. Even DeSmith and Rittich can make themselves a lot of money if they go on a miracle run. Should the Devils be the team that pays them?
Probably not, but there is one goalie who most Devils fans are going to give special attention to this postseason. He’s someone whose name has come up a lot because of his age and free agent status.