The New Jersey Devils are only four points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but the team seems to be focused on selling off some of its assets.
With five teams to climb over in order to secure a wild card spot, the Devils may be set on dealing a couple of players by the March 1 trade deadline and retooling for next season.
Forward P.A. Parenteau and defenseman Kyle Quincey, who is currently injured, are set to become unrestricted free agents this summer and are being discussed in trade talks with other teams.
While Parenteau and Quincey could very well be on the move, the Devils could be discussing another player with playoff contending teams.
Veteran sniper Mike Cammalleri has struggled mightily of late, having scored just one in his last 33 games. With 10 goals on the season, he has been scratched for back-to-back games this week.
"It's not an easy decision to do that. We have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a person and as a player," Devils head coach John Hynes told NJ.com on Sunday.
"There's always reasons why guys come out of the lineup, and you have to work through those as players and coaches. In P.A.'s case (earlier in the season), he understood some of the things we were talking about, and he came in and came back, did a good job, and we haven't considered taking him out since."
Cammalleri voiced his displeasure with the team's decision to scratch him on Saturday, telling NJ.com that "you want to be a part of it."
"I'm displeased to not be in the lineup, certainly," he said prior to Saturday's game.
Hynes suggested there may be other factors for Cammalleri being scratched outside of his goal-scoring drought, prompting speculation that the team may be exploring trade options.
Cammalleri, who has two-years left on his contract beyond this season that comes with a $5 million salary cap hit, has a full no-trade clause and would have to approve any deal the Devils attempt to make.