4 Conference Finals players who could be New Jersey Devils next season

Each of the four remaining playoff teams will have to make difficult roster decisions to return to where they are next season. Who could find their way into the New Jersey Devils lineup after a shorter offseason?
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Spencer Knight - Florida Panthers (Trade)

There are very few goalies on the market this summer with the potential upside of Spencer Knight. Once widely regarded as the best goaltending prospect in the league, he was considered the heir apparent to the Florida Panthers net, to the point where the team gave him an expensive $4.5 million AAV extension, which has two years remaining on it.

That deal clearly has not worked out for the Florida Panthers. Knight left the Panthers midway through the 2022-23 season and joined the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program for what he has since revealed was a personal struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder. He has since rejoined the Panthers' AHL team, the Charlotte Checkers, and is working his way back to NHL readiness. While he is a risk, he's a risk worth taking for the Devils.

If the Panthers find it difficult to navigate their salary cap to bring back pending UFAs Brandon Montour and Sam Reinhart, they may offer a sweetener for a team to take on Knight's cap hit. The Devils should be prepared to add the upside of Knight and draft capital, which could help them extend their Stanley Cup window, and they shouldn't be scared off by the high cap hit.