TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger noted during the most recent TSN Insider Trading segment that they believe the New Jersey Devils could be a busy team over the next few days. In fact, they believe they may be the busiest team prior to the February 24 NHL Trade Deadline.
First, McKenzie referenced previous talks that the Vancouver Canucks might have interest in New Jersey Devils winger Wayne Simmonds. Their interest in Simmonds will depend on the health of Micheal Ferland but the Canucks clearly want someone more rugged to play in their top six and are prepared to add a player like Simmonds if Ferland isn’t up to the task.
From there, GM Tom Fitzgerald is looking at moving as many as four other players.
Dreger notes that there could be “a ton of activity” and he named Andy Greene, Sami Vatanen from the Devils’ blue line, while listing Kyle Palmieri and Blake Coleman as potential forwards that could be acquired for the right price.
Greene and Vatananen would be considered rentals and veteran additions for NHL teams who might be dealing with injuries. Palmieri and Coleman aren’t rentals so the asking price would be steep. And, when you consider both players have been quite productive, the chances they’re moved could be slim.
Still, the Devils are looking to make some changes and Fitzgerald may not be in his position long, effectively looking to make the best moves possible in a short time span, all while winning trades that show he can be an effective GM.
Don’t forget, there is another name that pops up every once and a while and hasn’t been talked about lately. That name is P.K. Subban. He tends to get dealt in shocking trades so you can never rule him out as a potential deadline deal.
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