The New Jersey Devils are officially eliminated from making the playoffs this season, and management will begin to piece together its off-season plan.
The writing was on the wall for the Devils over the last four weeks, and the team has already been mapping out its gameplan for the off-season, including what steps it plans on taking with the expansion draft coming in June.
Devils GM Ray Shero does not have any impactful pending unrestricted free agents to worry about this off-season, though he has several restricted free agents to sign, including defenseman Damon Severson, who is in the final-year of his entry-level contract.
"It's never fun when you don't make the playoffs, regardless of the year," Devils captain Andy Greene told NJ.com. "It's one less chance to try and win. It's no fun. We train and work all summer long to fight for a playoff spot and get in, and when you don't, it's always disappointing, but we have no one to blame but ourselves. Just got to remember this feeling and not let it happen again."
The Devils have roughly $21 million in available salary cap space, which they could utilize to bolster their roster.
Last summer, the Devils acquired left wing Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers and could pursue another high-profiled offensive star this summer, as goal-scoring was a struggle for the team this season.