Friday, June 10, 2016

Devils add second round pick.

With the NHL draft just a few weeks away,the New Jersey Devils did something that they rarely were able to do in the past-use the salary cap to their advantage as the Devils today picked up the Florida Panthers second round pick in order for the Devils to assume the dead contract of the retired Marc Savard.

Savard,who has not played since 2010-11 due to concussion issues,is basically use to loosen up cap space for the Panthers and the Devils had the room to accommodate the contract that several teams could not.
The Devils now lead the league in dead money contracts to players that essentially are retired with Savard joining Ryane Clowe on the payroll,if not the live roster.
New Jersey sent minor leaguers Graham Black and Paul Thompson to Florida to complete the deal.Both players sent last season with the AHL Albany Devils with Thompson scoring 13 goals with 22 assists,while Black's numbers were a bit more pedestrian at seven goals and two assists.

This deal won't show any impact for a while,but these deals that accumulate picks at little to no cost are the types of trades that help to revitalize a system that still is in the process of rebuilding with the type of talent that has been so sorely missing over the last decade..

In other Devils news,Toronto deferred on their compensation for signing Lou Lamiorello away from the front office and as a result will be sending a third round selection in the 2018 draft...

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