New Jersey Devils Day 1 free agency targets

The New Jersey Devils are looking to be very active in NHL Free Agency this season. Who might they sign on July 1st?
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Adam Henrique
Gp:82 G-24 A-27 PTS-51

Fan favorite Adam Henrique is a free agent for the first time since the Devils traded him in a deal for Sami Vatanen. Not only would fans love to have him back for the nostalgia but he fits this roster really well. He can produce points at a good pace despite being 34, can play center or the wing, and has that two-way style of game that lends itself to winning despite him being stuck on so many bad teams that never did.

He almost certainly will be signing with a contender as well since the man has made the playoffs once with the Devils in his rookie year and then missed until the Oilers run this season. Jack Hughes winger positions are open, and the reason Henrique should be a prime target is that it would lead to Hughes playing the position he thrives in. At the same time, Rico can take most of the faceoffs and defensive responsibility like Erik Haula did for him at times, but with Henrique there, he would not take away from the offense quite as much. Perfect fit.

Anthony Mantha
Gp: 74 G: 23 A: 21 PTS: 44

The Devils have clearly prioritized size this offseason, and Anthony Mantha stands at 6'5 and weights 235 lbs. This signing would add some size immediately into the top six and size that can play, which is exactly what this team needs. It might not be a perfect fit. When the season begins, he will be turning 30 years old, but this signing will all come down to whether he will accept a shorter deal or wants to see if someone will overpay.

Last season's totals were great, but his offense has been inconsistent before that. He also had a very unsustainable 20.4 shooting percentage, which is way above the league average and his career average of 12.6%. Whoever signs him needs to be wary of this, as 30-year-olds usually don't get better or even sustain it long.