GM Tom Fitzgerald has stated that he wants to be aggressive this offseason as he wants the New Jersey Devils to be playoff contenders next year. NHL trade rumors have already been circulating that the Devils are willing to trade the 2nd overall pick to improve the team.
One player that the Devils are having a hard time with is Jesper Bratt. Rumors had Bratt was available for trade at the NHL trade deadline.
Elliotte Friedman was on the Jeff Marek Show and stated the negotiations for Bratt’s last contract were really tough and both sides are gearing up for another difficult negotiation.
Friedman went on to discuss the possibility of an offer sheet but he feels it doesn’t make sense as the Devils do have $25 million is salary cap space to match any offer.
Frank Seravalli reported on The Daily Faceoff that there have been no contract extension talks to this point with Bratt for what will be an expensive deal.
Bratt, 23, had 73 points in 76 games played last season. He is a pending RFA and coming off a contract that had an $2,750,000 AVV. He will likely be seeking a new contract worth $5.5-$6 million/year and if the Devils are not willing to come to terms on that amount, he will be traded.