Devils are forced to shed salary
The New Jersey Devils are in a tight spot financially. With Gomez getting $5M at arbitration the Devils are already over the $44M salary cap and still have to re-sign Brian Gionta, Paul Martin and David Hale.
In order to shed some salary to make cap space they will have to either trade or release players. One of those players with a big salary is Scott Gomez. The Devils have 48 hours to accept or release Gomez. It is believed that they will accept his $5M a year salary and then trade him. The teams reportly interested in Gomez are Atlanta, Florida, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Phoenix, Washington, Colorado and Los Angeles. If the Devils decide to make room in other ways rather than trading Gomez they could trade such veterans as Sergei Brylin, Richard Matvichuk, Brad Lukowich or Jason Wiemer. Whatever the Devils do we know for sure that the Devils will have some big decisions to make in the coming weeks.