Why wait? That seems to be the case in Lou Lamarellos trade decisions every year. Take a team like the Maple Leafs, not a contender, but they trade half there team away and make major improvements. Now take the Devils, losing ground every week waiting to see when there ailing stars are going to return. But Lou is Lou, will wait until the March deadline and trade a couple nobodys for a bigger nobody that will not fill the void! It is getting old, and hey Lou, Marty won't be around forever, the time is now!
So, the Devils already missed out on the second coming of Scott Stevens in Phanuff, where will they go for defense now. A big second line center is the next thing. Dean McCamond is good, but he is not the answer when Elias comes back. Zajac for line 1 definitley, Zubrus for line 3, Niedermeyer for line 4. That second line of Elias and Rolston will need a quality center. Even though Jacque has shown that Zubrus may be a better winger then center, he can still do both. It is also time to part ways with Pandolfo. Jay, thanks for the past, but with Madden gone, there is no need for you anymore. I think all forwards should be able to play defense as well as offense. You cannot match lines in todays NHL like you used, which makes players like Jay obsolete.
I think we can all agree that when Paul Martin comes back, Mottau is the odd man out. But seriously, can we wait that long. I would rahter see Corrente get the chance over Mottau. Hobie award winner, hey you can be a good college hockey player, but that does not mean it will carry over.
Bottom line, the Devils need to acquire a big defenseman, another sniper, and a quality play making center. Then all the pieces will be in place for another Stanley Cup! Until then it is one and done!