5 goalies the New Jersey Devils should avoid at all costs
The New Jersey Devils desperately need a better goaltending situation for next season. Desperation could lead to errors in terms of roster management. Here are some guards the Devils should avoid at all costs.
The New Jersey Devils deserve a good goaltender. Since Martin Brodeur left the franchise, they let Cory Schneider’s Vezina-worthy few seasons pass before his hip injury ended a productive career. Then they watched the only decent run of Keith Kinkaid’s career. It eventually died out (rather quickly, we might add). Mackenzie Blackwood has demonstrated his ability to be one of the best goaltenders in the league for short periods. Then he’s been one of the most inconsistent goaltenders in the league for the past two seasons. To make up for that, the Devils signed Corey Crawford. He retired before playing a game with the reds and blacks. They went to sign Jonathan Bernier last offseason, and his career is somewhat in jeopardy after hip surgery.
It’s been a long and terrible road in the net. Tom Fitzgerald said in his exit meeting with the press that it was a priority for the Devils to get up to speed in goal. They must. They had seven different goalkeepers this season. The Devils were one keeper behind the all-time record set by the 2018-19 Philadelphia Flyers.
This season, the number one priority must be to get a new goalkeeper. If the Devils don’t, they’ll find themselves in the NHL Draft lottery again, and even Connor Bedard couldn’t make it a winner. However, desperation has led to mistakes in all industries, and this is especially true in sports.
The Devils need to be smart about their next moves. If they get the keeper wrong, it could mean another lost season. If this guardian costs a ton, it could be even worse. If they overspend on the free agent, that could also hurt. Who should this team avoid in the market this offseason?