New Jersey Devils: Why A Jamie Langenbrunner Trade To Boston Is Necessary

December 24th, 2010 by Samuel Ingro Leave a reply »
The 2010 New Jersey Devils season has been an absolute train wreck by all accounts.

While fans are quick to point the finger at the easy target, Ilya Kovalchuk, they tend to neglect the fact that Kovalchuk put up 27 points in 27 games last season with the Devils.

It's apparent he can still play, but he just isn't being properly utilized on the ice.

Getting Ilya a linemate that can help him play to his strengths is absolutely vital, since like it or not, Kovalchuk will be here for the next decade. Accepting the fact that there's nothing that will change the $6.6 million dollar cap hit that he brings, New Jersey must now build around him.

With $8.8 million coming off the books next year with Jason Arnott, Jamie Langenbrunner and Johan Hedberg, it frees up the cap space to sign Zach Parise long term. The following season, Brian Rolston's atrocious $5 million plus contract comes off the books and a return to "Devils Hockey" can finally happen with some room to breathe.

A free agent next season who likely will not be able to be re-signed unfortunately is Devils' captain Jamie Langenbrunner, who has been largely unproductive thi ...

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