With the NHL lockout set to continue for quite a while, franchises have started sending out their players elsewhere in order for them to keep up fitness.
Star Devil Ilya Kovalchuck has reportedly agreed to join up with SKA St. Petersburg, a team that competes in the Kontinental Hockey League. Kovalchuck was the NHL’s point leader last season, so you better believe the Devils made sure he had an opt-out clause in his contract when (or if) the lockout ever comes to an end.
Anton Volchenkov has also been mulling over a move to the KHL and the tough defenseman would be more than welcome over in Russia.
Veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur has seen his fair share of lockouts, but this one came at an especially unfortunate time, considering he had just signed a new two-year contract to stay on with New Jersey.
Still, Brodeur has stated that he wouldn’t rule out a move overseas should the lockout continue past November.
There are a host of veterans whose future is far less certain than those already metnioned. Players such as Marek Dizlicky, Henrik Tallinder and Patrik Elias are getting up there in age and can’t really afford to miss an entire season at this point in their careers. Time is already running out for these guys.
For the most part though, the Devils seem to be a in a good spot. They sent a vast majority of their roster, mostly the younger players, to their AHL affiliate in Albany. Those who made that move include Jay Leach, Steve Zalewski, Adam Henrique, Adam Larsson and Jacob Josefson.
As you can see, the Devils seem to be making all the right moves to have their guys ready to play whenever the season begins. Whether that makes them a solid investment with your NHL picks remains to be seen, but the early signs are promising.