The most recent addition to the Devils is defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski. As Kyle has previously said, Vishnevski will add a physical presence to the ice, which is something the Devils have been lacking.
Something else the Devils are lacking? Players from last season. There are still a number of players who have not be resigned. Word has it that Lou is in Minnesota trying to resign Zach Parise and Paul Martin. There is the possibility of resigning Erik Rasmussen as well.
However, there has not been much talk or resigning New Jersey resident, Jim Dowd. Dowd is hopeful that he will be returning to the Devils next season, but only time will tell. There are still a few months to go before training camp begins. Who knows how many more changes there will be to the Devils line up.
With Scott Gomez, Brad Lukowich and Brian Rafalski being signed with other teams, we have some gaps to fill in the lines. As of now, the lines MAY be:
LW Patrik Elias
C Dainius Zubrus
RW Brian Gionta
LW Zach Parise
C Travis Zajac
RW Jamie Langenbrunner
LW Jay Pandolfo
C John Madden
RW David Clarkson
1ST DEFENSE PAIRING:
Andy Greene and Paul Martin
2ND DEFENSE PAIRING:
Colin White and Karel Rachunek
3RD DEFENSE PAIRING:
Richard Matvichuk and Johnny Oduya
I have not heard anything about what the Devils 4th line will look like.
Any opinions on whether Parise should move up to the 1st line to replace Gomez? Personally, I’m not sure if he should stay with the ZZ Pops line–they work really well together. Or should we see how Parise can do up on the 1st line working with Brian Gionta and Patrik Elias?
Let’s hope that Parise, Martin and Rasmussen are resigned. It’d be nice to see Dowd return.