The New Jersey Devils had been going to have a busy offseason forward as documented right here on NHLRumors.com. Basic Supervisor Tom Fitzgerald’s priorities have been centered on his restricted free brokers Timo Meier and Jesper Bratt, however the Devils have some unrestricted free brokers as effectively on the workforce they could or might not need to deliver again.
Fitzgerald’s offseason started with a bang as he despatched defenceman Damon Severson to the Columbus Blues Jackets as a part of the second-ever signal and commerce in NHL historical past.
As Pierre LeBrun tweeted the Devils wished to go quick time period whereas the participant wished a long term deal and Columbus was prepared to go eight years.
With Severson off the board, the Devils now flip their consideration to Ryan Graves, Erik Haula, and naturally Bratt and Meier.
Ryan Graves Not Optimistic On a Return To New Jersey
James Nichols of New Jersey Hockey Now: Nichols writes that he spoke with Ryan Graves’ agent and a attainable extension with the New Jersey Devils.
In talking with Allain Roy, the agent for Graves, he mentioned, “They want to determine if they might have room and quite a bit might want to occur earlier than they know.”
The emergence of Luke Hughes and Simon Nemec might pressure the Devils and Graves to half methods.
Erik Haula and Devils Engaged on Extension
James Nichols of New Jersey Hockey Now: In talking with Allain Roy, the agent for each Graves and Erik Haula, the Devils have reached out about an extension.
As Nichols writes, Haula desires to return and the Devils are open to him returning to the membership.
Meier and Bratt Talks Are Going To Be A Grind
David Pagnotta of the Fourth Interval: Pagnotta tweets that talks have begun between Timo Meier and the Devils a few contract extension. As issues stay established order between Bratt’s camp and the Devils.
Ryan Novozinsky of NJ.com: Novozinsky has been in talks with Bratt’s agent and each events in talks however wouldn’t examine contract discussions, every contract is a brand new dialogue.
As Novozinsky factors out each events had been wanting to get a brand new deal performed weeks in the past throughout the Devils breakup day.
I requested Fitz/Bratt the identical query weeks in the past.
Fitz: “I don’t anticipate contentious negotiation. I feel his agent is aware of the place we’re at.”
Bratt: “Some contracts are a bit of battle, some will not be. I’ve full confidence in my agent and in Tom that this can get performed.”
— Ryan Novozinsky (@ryannovo62) June 8, 2023
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet 32 Ideas Podcast: Friedman said on the final 32 Ideas Podcast, Bratt’s negotiation has been a grind. NJ desires to get it performed, however Bratt’s reps are sluggish enjoying a bit.
As for Meier, Friedman states it might be a tough one to do as a result of it’s a giant quantity and he has one other 12 months, so he can wait if he desires. The offers aren’t unattainable. They’re only a grind.