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Devils look to add ‘pieces’ instead of making a ‘splash’

Mar 27, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

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The shoulder injury to New Jersey Devils star forward Ilya Kovalchuk could force the hand of general manager Lou Lamoriello prior to the NHL’s April 3 trade deadline.

But, even though it’s reported the Devils are seeking a forward with goal-scoring capabilities, Lamoriello seems interested only in acquiring complimentary players rather than a massive blockbuster move.

“There is no question in my mind a splash usually upsets things. Adding pieces complements,” Lamoriello told the Star Ledger.

“That’s not saying it will always be the case, but adding pieces would be more the norm (for the Devils).”

The original prognosis on Kovalchuk’s shoulder injury was that he could be out two-to-four weeks.

The Devils, last year’s Eastern Conference champions, are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference standings, two points up on the eighth-place New York Rangers.

But putting the puck in the net has continued to be an issue, even when Kovalchuk was healthy.

New Jersey sits 25th in the league, averaging 2.42 goals-for per game.

Even before the injury, Kovalchuk was struggling to find his scoring touch. He had 10 goals in 32 games and was in the midst of a five-game drought without a goal.

 

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