On the surface, there’s a lot to like about where the New Jersey Devils are at as an organization.
All their best players are fairly young — Dougie Hamilton is the oldest a few weeks short of his 30th birthday but there’s plenty of room to grow for their other stars. However, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered this summer, and it will be fascinating to see how they handle all of it. The good news is, a lot of those questions have very straightforward answers.
As you might expect for a team that’s a year or two removed from a rebuild, the vast majority of business they need to conduct this summer relates to restricted free agents. In all, the Devils have eight of them due for new contracts, and all but one has arbitration rights. Plus, the Devils have a whopping $34.3 milli