New Jersey Devils: 3 Under-The-Radar Defensive Trade Targets

With injuries to Dougie Hamilton and Jonas Siegenthaler, the New Jersey Devils are short on defense. Here are three potential trade targets to fill the void that you may not have considered.

New Jersey Devils v Seattle Kraken
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Adam Larsson, Seattle Kraken

A reunion between the Devils and Adam Larsson would be an interesting one. The Seattle Kraken are on the outside looking in of a Wild Card spot. They have been one of the hotter teams in the league over the past few weeks, but like the Devils, have not lived up to the expectations that the 2022-23 season brought them.

Larsson, the former fourth overall pick by the Devils in 2011, has carved out a nice career for himself since being dealt. He is currently in his third season with Seattle and has 11 points in 39 games. His $4 million AAV through 2024-25 does not pose as much of a hurdle as his 10-team no-trade list. However, New Jersey is a familiar destination with playoff aspirations, so the likelihood the Devils are on the list is slim.

What Larsson would bring to the Devils is a do-it-all defenseman who slides perfectly into the top four. He leads Seattle in total ice time, as well as at 5v5 and on the penalty kill. They ask him to do a lot, and he typically does it with positive results. With Siegenthaler out, finding a replacement for him on the PK will be crucial, which plays to Larsson's strengths. However, with him playing big minutes, as well as having an extra year on his contract, Fitzy would have to part with something significant to bring him in. That being said, if Seattle falls out of the race closer to the Trade Deadline and Larsson becomes available, a reunion could be a great decision.