3 seemingly unreasonable offseason moves that would make sense for the New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils fans may have grown impatient last season, and rightly so. The team dropped from 112 points to just 81, but thanks to the signing of Sheldon Keefe, the season should now be behind us and the future bright. Now the fun begins: What tough decisions will General Manager Tom Fitzgerald have to make to keep his team afloat for the 2024-25 season?

There are a few transactions you can expect from him, but if they don't materialize, it might not be such a bad thing. They might just need a solid striker, but when you think about it, bringing in another one with star potential isn't a bad idea.

They could go with another pair of makeshift goalies, but is that really a bad thing considering how much better they've become with the duo of Jake Allen and Kaapo Kahkonen? What if they essentially continued with what they had last season, just with a healthy team?

Let's answer those questions by discussing three potential offseason moves that may seem unreasonable at first glance, but could actually make sense for the Devils.

In my updated checklist post, I mentioned a “replacement scorer,” which would make the most sense. But it would also make sense to pull off an upset and add another scoring forward. There could be some forwards moving around in the NHL Draft, and according to Bleacher Report's Lyle Richardson, the Devils could be one of the teams willing to trade a draft pick to improve their roster.

But even if the Devils use their draft pick to stock up on more young players, we shouldn't rule out a July trade to get a scoring forward instead of a reserve player. Creating more scoring opportunities would be smart, and no one will complain if Tom Fitzgerald overpays another team that doesn't look like a contender in 2024-25 to get a borderline star.

I'm talking about something like a potential trade for Trevor Zegras or an equivalent talent. Players like Zegras may cost more than transfer fee, but if it means adding another layer to a unit that already has Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, Timo Meier and Jesper Bratt, everyone in the NHL universe will look at New Jersey as more than just a potential team to beat in the Metropolitan Division.

Yes, that may come at the expense of at least one first-round pick and one or two top talents, but with Sheldon Keefe in town and a plethora of excellent forwards, why not go for it right now? The Devils aren't the only franchise that may want to put themselves in a position to go all out, and while the 2023-24 season didn't go as planned, that doesn't mean the team lacks the talent to be among the best in the NHL.

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