With no preseason games remaining, several Devils’ players must now sit and wait to see exactly where they will play this season.
The rookies who’ve made it through the numerous cuts will see if they can pass through yet another round. Mattias Tedenby, Alexander Urbom, Matt Taormina and Jacob Josefson have all had extensive looks during the preseason, with each making an impact in one way or the other. They’ve looked good at times, and looked vulnerable at others. The coaching staff will need to decide whether or not they can deal with their mistakes while playing in the NHL.
Several veterans are also waiting to know where they’ll be come Wednesday afternoon. Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello needs to clear cap space, and there will be casualties. Players such as Colin White or Jamie Langenbrunner might be waived or traded solely based on their cap hit. These moves are necessary, but won’t be popular within the locker room.
Martin Brodeur acknowledged this while talking to Mark Everson of the New York Post.
“For the chemistry of the team, the health of the team, now we’re down to it,” Brodeur said. “We haven’t seen in the locker room how tough it is for certain guys yet. But we will.”
None of Lamoriello’s moves will be popular. Losing players to clear cap space doesn’t sit well with players in a locker room. They know they’re being moved in an over-glorified monetary transaction, and not for their skill or value to the team.
While there’s rampant speculation about who will be moved, no one can be sure. But for the next few days, Devils players and fans will anxiously await the decisions, wondering who will skate onto the ice Friday night to take on the Dallas Stars. The decision won’t be easy, and the outcome won’t be perfect, but Lamoriello will move players to get under the cap and keep the Devils competitive.
For now, the Devils players must sit and wait, wondering where they will end up.