5. A Fan Favorite Leaves In A Trade
If the Devils want to be a big player on the trade market, then they need to make some of their desirable NHL players available. Everyone knows that Zacha and Andreas Johnsson can be had. Tomas Tatar could probably be had with little pushback from the Devils. He had a better season than it seemed, but the Devils still think they can upgrade. However, in order to get a serious upgrade in the top six or on the defense, the Devils have to send NHL players the other way.
That could include certain players who are playing in the top six right now, or others who have made themselves an important part of the energy for the team. Teams are going to ask about Yegor Sharangovich in just about any superstar trade. The Devils might try to move people’s attention to Michael McLeod. Either way, the Devils are going to have to make an uncomfortable move in order to get a star.
The Devils will likely address the top six with players they’ve already inquired about. This includes Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues or Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks. Teams who are trading superstars that also want to compete like the Blues and Canucks will want to do next season only want to shuffle the deck instead of losing an asset entirely. That will force the Devils to trade something they may not want to.
It should be an interesting offseason, but the trade market is where the Devils are likely going to test the waters. It should get uncomfortable, but it will likely lead to a better team overall.