Latest Devils and Flyers Speculation – May 3, 2018
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POSSIBLE TRADE & FREE-AGENT TARGETS FOR THE DEVILS
NJ.COM: In a recent mailbag segment, Chris Ryan noted New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has the green light to invest in a contract that makes long- and short-term sense via free agency. He believes Shero will stay away from New York Islanders center John Tavares but Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson or Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk might make sense on reasonable contracts. More affordable defense options could include Detroit’s Mike Green or Tavares’ teammate Calvin de Haan.
Ryan doubts the Devils will pursue free-agent winger Ilya Kovalchuk. He also believes Shero is wiling to make a trade for his club’s long-term benefit, pointing to the Taylor Hall-for- Adam Larsson and Sami Vatanen-for-Adam Henrique deals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, the Devils have just over $55 million invested in 17 players. Patrick Maroon, Drew Stafford and Michael Grabner are their notable unrestricted free agents and might not be back, while restricted free agents Mile Woods, Stefan Noesen and Blake Coleman should be affordable re-signings.
I can see Shero making one notable addition via free agency and perhaps another via trade to bolster his lineup. Despite his cap room I don’t believe he’ll get into the bidding for Tavares if he hits the open market.
FLYERS COULD BE ACTIVE DURING OPENING ROUND OF 2018 DRAFT
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: John Boruk speculates Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall could attempt to move up in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft order. For the first time in 40 years, the Flyers have two picks (14th and 19th overall) in the to-20 of the opening round.
Boruk noted how, at last year’s draft, Hextall “engineered the Brayden Schenn deal with St. Louis, which netted the Flyers a pair of first-round picks — the 27th overall selection in 2017 that was used to select Morgan Frost, who finished second in the OHL with 112 points in 67 games.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hextall could also use one of those first-round selections to perhaps acquire an established player from another club, perhaps one with limited salary-cap space (Chicago Blackhawks? Los Angeles Kings? Minnesota Wild?) looking to get younger and shed a contract.