The New Jersey Devils were very busy this offseason and landed the biggest UFA available in Dougie Hamilton. The Devils also added forward Tomas Tatar and goaltender Johnathan Bernier to two-year contracts, and acquired defenseman Ryan Graves from the Colorado Avalanche.
If the Devils are contending for a playoff spot as the 2022 NHL trade deadline approaches GM Tom Fitzgerald will likely make some moves to solidify a playoff spot.
Anthony DiMarco of The Fourth Period reports the Devils will enter the season with more than $12 million in salary cap space and, if all things remain equal, project to have just under $62 million in space come the NHL Trade Deadline. The salary cap space will allow the Devils to make some big moves.
DiMarco went on to say, the Devils’ centre-ice position is extremely young with Nico Hischier, Jack Hughes and Pavel Zacha. It would not be shocking to see Fitzgerald try to insulate his young pivots with some experience, even if on the wing.