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NHL trade rumors are swirling around the New Jersey Devils and their 10th overall pick. Is General Manager Tom Fitzgerald targeting a goaltending upgrade for immediate playoff contention?

The New Jersey Devils are no strangers to draft-day wheeling and dealing, and this year seems to be no exception. General Manager Tom Fitzgerald has openly stated his willingness to part with the 10th overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft, but with a catch.

“If we feel it helps us now and in the foreseeable future, then, yes, I’m listening,” Fitzgerald recently remarked, hinting at a desire to bolster the Devils’ roster for immediate playoff contention.

New Jersey Devils Eyeing Goaltending Upgrade

The Devils’ Achilles’ heel last season was undoubtedly their goaltending. Despite showing flashes of brilliance, the team struggled to find consistency between the pipes, ultimately hindering their playoff push. It’s no secret that Fitzgerald has been actively seeking a solution to this problem, even reportedly expressing interest in Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom before the NHL trade deadline.

Now, with the draft looming large, the rumor mill is churning once again. Whispers suggest that Fitzgerald may be setting his sights on acquiring a top-tier netminder, with Nashville Predators’ Juuse Saros among the names being floated as potential targets. Saros, a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2021, would undoubtedly be a game-changer for the Devils, providing the stability and reliability they desperately crave.

While trading away a high draft pick is always a gamble, the Devils may be willing to take the risk if it means solidifying their goaltending situation. With several proven netminders rumored to be available, Fitzgerald has a unique opportunity to address his team’s most pressing need and propel them into Stanley Cup contention.

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