Offers in New Jersey

The New Jersey Devils have made offers to three offensive players, hoping to solidify their forwards for the future.Patrik Elias, Jeff Friesen, and Scott Gomez have all been given qualifying offers. Elias’ is the highest at $4.18 million. Lou Lameriello decided to offer Elias the extension even though he contracted Hepatitis A during the lockout in Russia. Elias does not think he will be ready for October 5th, when the season starts. He could accept the offer or go to salary arbitration.

Friesen and Gomez will probably both accept their offers of $2.28 million and $2.2 million, respectively.

–CBA


18 Responses to Offers in New Jersey

  1. NemiNA says:

    What they need is a two way power forward. Aside from Madden, no one is great at banging and scoring. Up front anyway.

  2. flyersfan10897 says:

    i wouldnt exactly call john madden a scoring power forward.

  3. zdeno_duchesne says:

    nothing out of the ordinary here.

    also on the minnesota front, they signed patrick o’sullivan to a 3-year contract. i think this guy can step right in and make an impact on their offense. i expect him on the 2nd line, if not the 1st.

  4. Habfanforever says:

    Is Zach Parise under contract?

  5. Kamakaze says:

    Given the room, I think Madden would surprised people as far as his ability to score goals. He isn’t exactly a 70 goal scorer or anything, but for a guy constantly put up against the opposing teams top forwards, and usually paired up with Jay Pandolfo and a checker of some sort, he defiantly makes the most of his chances.

  6. Kamakaze says:

    I belive he is one of the few players who are.

  7. Kamakaze says:

    I didn’t expect them to sign Friesen, although they may figure some other team will go for him. I also though Gomez would make a little more than that, but for such a young guy, I guess it makes sense. I just hope they plan on keeping Stevens and Niedermayer…

    Even still though, I have not been happy with the way the Devil’s team has been shaping out. In 2000 they had one of the best rosters I’ve seen in a while, with tons of depth, youth, skill, speed, size and strength.

    The last few deals they made, and the players they have traded or signed, I really haven’t been happy. They need depth at Right Wing (their best, and perhaps only true RW’er being Gionta and Langenbrunner, both who are really 2nd liners) and they NEED a Second Line Center. I don’t think Parise is ready for the 2nd line, and expect to see him on the 4th with Brylin and perhaps Rasmussen, Marshall or Bicek.

    As I mentioned in a pervious article, I kind of hope they get a scoring winger, someone along the lines of Selanne, or perhaps Dampousse. Brind’amore(sp?) would also be a nice fit. I would like to see someone like Gelinas, O’neil(sp?) or perhaps Roberts, but I seriously doubt any of them would be interested in Jersey, let alone Lou wanting anything to do with them AND their not being pursued by their respective teams.

  8. devils007 says:

    Parise signed a three year contract near the end of the 2003/2004 season. He has two years left, including this one.

  9. devils007 says:

    The Devils don’t need any centers.

    Gomez have evolved into a true #1 center – he tied for the league lead in assists last season.

    Madden is the perfect two-way #2 center.

    Parise can slot nicely into the third line, put Friesen with him and they’ll rack up some points.

  10. NjDEVSFN says:

    currently the Devils havent signed:

    Langenbrunner, Gionta, White, Hale, Martin (RFA)

    Rafalski, Neidermayer, Stevens (UFA)

    before they go out and get what you all think they “need” they NEED to sign 6 of those 7

    if they dont do that, it doesnt matter WHO they sign

  11. RangerSteve says:

    NYPost reporting the Devils are going to let Rafalski walk in hopes of resigning Niedermayer. I’m sorry, but this is too big of a gamble that the Devs are going to take. Niedermayer already said he wants a max contract and won’t take anything less.

    Also, it looks like the Rangers are not going to buy out Bobby Holik or Darius Kasparaitis.

  12. WYflyerfan says:

    You constantly hear about Niedermayer and nothing about stevens. I know he is old but isn’t he the heart of the devils? If he is an UFA and the flyers need a big body on D. Could you imagine stevens a Flyer. Unless he is retiring..

  13. atleastihavegolf says:

    no, i can’t.

  14. devils007 says:

    The North Jersey Record is reporting that Brian Gionta ($570,000), Jamie Langenbrunner ($1,655,128), Colin White ($1.71 million), Paul Martin ($501,600) and David Hale ($501,600) have all been qualified.

    Only Kozlov, Hrdina, and Brown have not received qualifying offers.

  15. devils007 says:

    Hmmm. Seems like the Post was wrong as usual!

  16. wheresthesoda says:

    cause he’s a workhorse, not cause he’s really talented….its his work ethic

  17. Kamakaze says:

    I agree, but I don’t think that has any baring against my argument. The fact is that Madden makes the most of his chances, whether by skill or hard work, he makes it happen.

    I’d rather have a guy who works hard with limited “skill” than a guy with all the skill in the world and no will or drive to use it aside from a fat check.

  18. Kamakaze says:

    See, while I mentioned Madden could be very productive with more ice-time, I don’t really see him as a 2nd line center, not a true one anyway.

    I could see what you are saying about The E-G-G line as 1st line, Madden, Pando and perhaps Langenbrunner as the 2nd line, Parise, Friesen, and Marshall as the 3rd, Rasumussen, Brylin and Bicek, or a checker as the 4th.

    Similar to what they did when Gomez was a rookie, and Holiks line was the 2nd line, and Gomez was playing with a scorer, however, I think adding a forward, even just one player, would really strengthen the team.

    I’d really like them to add a big center, or a good scoring winger. I’d also like for them to trade Kozlov for a tough scoring checker for Parise to play with (as Lemeux was for Gomez). I’d LOVE to see Turner Stevenson back, he was one of my favs, and shaping up to be a capable checker who can put the puck in the net once in a while.

    I don’t know, I guess in the past few seasons, being a Devils fan, I’ve not been too happy with the way their roster has turned out, and have not seen the kind of players in Jersey that I’ve come to expect in a while. I see them as being just a little too small honestly, with not enough punch.

    They lack the scoring depth they once had, as well as the size they once had, and while they have gotten younger and faster, I think the size they lost is really hurting them against teams like the Flyers and some West Coast teams. They lack any real power forward also, a mainstay in New Jersey with Guerin and Arnott the last few years.

    OK, Just ranting now…

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