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Devils Lamoriello expects to be active in UFA market

Jul 5, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils have already made some major moves this summer by acquiring goaltender Cory Schneider and re-signing Patrik Elias, but they aren’t done yet. With the unrestricted free agent period about to start, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is looking to make some additions.

“No question there are interesting players out there,” Lamoriello told the Star-Ledger. “I think we will be doing something. We have some needs. We’ll see what transpires.”

The Devils still have a little under $13 million in cap space left, according to Cap Geek, although they do need to ink restricted free agent forward Adam Henrique.

With David Clarkson in danger of walking away as an unrestricted free agent and after their failed attempt at landing Danny Briere, the Devils are still in the market for players that can help them offensively. That being said, Lamoriello doesn’t want to talk too much about his plans.

“There are needs, but I’m not going to get into them right now,” Lamoriello said. “You’re never good enough.”

The free agent period starts at 12:00 p.m. ET.

  1. 950003cups - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Lou’s been breaking his code of silence lately. He must have something up his sleeve.

  2. 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Could ink Grabovski or Ribiero – the former brings the two-way game the Devils like and the latter would make a pretty great setup man for Kovalchuk if last season is anything to go by. Horton or Ryder, if they want another wing instead?

  3. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    I can’t see this team starting their second consecutive season with only Kovalchuk as their real threat. If they do, the same thing will happen. Kovalchuk will get smothered and shadowed by the opposition’s defense into another,”Worst year of my career.” and this team will miss the playoffs again.

    Maybe they can trade some of their defensive prospects, that for some unholy reason they cannot move out the dead defensive weight to play them, and make a real impact trade?

  4. thejrod2006 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Already signed Clowe and Olsez, and it sounds like Ryder is a possibility as well. Happy to see Lou addressing, arguably, our biggest need.

  5. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Considering the Devils’ free agents that were available to leave, they did pretty well. They resigned their top UFA in Elias and maybe paid slightly too much for Zubrus. Clowe is a good replacement for Clarkson. Before he suffered those two concussions with NY, Clowe looked like a change of scenery was what he needed. Michael Ryder still has a 20+ goal season left in him and should be a decent depth player for only two years. Considering what this team lost this offseason and what was available, they did rather well.

    The only thing this team didn’t address was landing another scoring talent. Every championship team has at least 3+ and they better hope Reid Boucher turns out to be the next Stamkos so they can be one scorer short of becoming a contender again.

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