Seeing that the Devils just recently added Ilya Kovalchuk and Anssi Salmela you might guess that the Devils would have a boring trade deadline, and you were sure right. The Devils traded a fifth round draft pick in 2010 to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Martin Skoula, who had just been moved from Pittsburgh a few days ago. Skoula knows Jacques Lemaire and will hopefully fit will into the Devils as a depth defenseman and might actually prove to be better than one or two of the existing players. It seems that this trade deadline was all about defense as many teams around the league and the Devils could have tried to get another quality defenseman. James Wisniewski and Dan Hamhius seemed to be good fits but since no more trades have been confirmed for a few ours it is a safe bet that the Devils are sticking with what they got.
The lines look somewhat like this:
Zach Parise – Travis Zajac – Jamie Langenbrunner
Patrick Elias – Dainius Zubrus – Ilya Kovalchuk
Brian Rolston – Rob Niedermayer – David Clarkson
Jay Pandolfo/P3L – Dean McAmmond – Vladimir Zharkov
The forwards look good in my mind. I would have liked to see Jere Lehtinen round out that fourth line and kill penalties but Pando in a limited role might be able to salvage was has turned out to be a lackluster season. With Clarkson being back Devils fans never have to see Andrew Peters again, which is a good thing. For the future the Devils should try to find a better second line center than Dainius Zubrus and hopefully he can have a strong rest of the season and a good playoffs to up his trade value. His contract is unreasonable for the amount of production he’s brought.
Paul Martin – Andy Greene
Bryce Salvador – Martin Skoula/Anssi Salmela/Mark Fraser
Colin White – Mike Mottau
Sure, Martin isn’t back yet but he’s scheduled to play after the Devil’s road trip and this really brings a sigh of relief to all Devils fans. Hopefully Colin White and Mike Mottau get a considerable drop in play time because defensively these two just make bad decisions. I’m guessing that Anssi Salmela will be sent down but it is possible that he won’t because the Devils are really lacking another puck mover that would be really helpful on the powerplay.
Lastly, you might notice the fancy red and green Devils logo that was used for so long. Today, NHL.com started selling the Christmas tree jerseys which is very excited as these jerseys are going to be brought back for March 17th. Lots of the Devils faithful still have their red and green jerseys but if you’re a younger fan these jerseys are nice and new and a nice way to tip your hat to Devils history.
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Written by Ben Petrino