Devils off season optionsThe devils will either have to go all out to try and win another cup with Brodeur or completely rebuild by letting Kovalchuk and Martin walk. Brodeur has 2 years left on his contract and says he will retire when it is up. If they decide to not rebuild they will have to resign either Kovalchuk or Martin. I prefer we keep Martin because he is a top 2 defensman and we already lost Rafalski, Neidermayer and more in the past few years. They cannot afford to lose Martin. They also will need to get more then just him back if they are going to contend for the cup. Theyll also need to improve the center positions. Tomas Plekanec, Patrick Sharp and Joe Pavelski could be a few options. But Sharp would have to be a trade and Joe Pavelski is a restricted free agent so the sharks can match any offer. Tomas Plekanec or Sharp are more likely because they are better defensively.
There have been rumors that they could deal for Tomas Kaberle. The leafs want a top six scorer or a first round pick for him. Since they do not have a first round pick they could deal a prospect or two and next years first round pick. They might be better off getting somebody else because Kaberle is not a top level shutdown defensman. He would be great for the power play quarterback and he can play a lot. Someone like Henrik Tallinder, Dan Hamhuis or Ian white would be better for defense. They can also go after Pavel Kubina or Kurtis foster or Joe Corvo for some more offense on the blueline and a power play quarterback and a second pair defensman. A couple of guys they could trade for are Robyn Regehr or Brian Campbell. Campbell or Regehr would be better defensive options then Kaberle but not as good offensively. Regehr would also give them the physical shutdown defensman they have lacked since stevens and danyeko left. Campbell would be a good power play quarterback and improve the offense and is also better then Kaberle defensively but he makes over 7 million per year.
They also need to address the checking line which was unable to match up against top lines. They should let Rob neidermayer walk and deal pandalfo. Clarkson is a restricted free agent who should be back. He has a lot of value with his agaitating style of play and two way ability. They could target Manny Malhorta from san jose who is a great defensive center and penalty killer with experience. Mat cooke could be good on the wing but he will be costly for a third line winger. He has excellent defensive ability with and provides good secondary scoring and great penalty killing. He would complement Clarkson well. Other defensive centers who could fit the billing are Scott Nichol who brings a strong defensive game, good faceoff ability and a physical game.