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June 6, 2013 | 1:55pm ET
Devils could lose Clarkson, Elias
TheFourthPeriod.com

According to multiple sources, speaking on the basis of anonymity, some of the Devils' top free agents won't be back next season.

Forwards David Clarkson and Patrik Elias will be the most sought-after of New Jersey's potential UFAs this summer, if they hit the open market on July 5.

According to multiple sources, speaking on the basis of anonymity, some of the Devils' top free agents won't be back next season.

Forwards David Clarkson and Patrik Elias will be the most sought-after of New Jersey's potential UFAs this summer, if they hit the open market on July 5.

As it currently stands, both players are expected to hit the free agent waters without new contracts, multiple sources relayed to TFP, and it's unclear if they'll be able to come to terms on new deals with the Devils after that point.

Clarkson, 29, is in the final year of a three-year, $8 million deal. It's believed he'll command well over $5 million, per year, on his next deal.

Elias, a life-time member of the Devils, is wrapping up a seven-year, $42 million contract. The 37-year-old could also see his next deal bring in an annual salary in the $5 million to $6 million range.

Both Clarkson and Elias have expressed their interests in staying in New Jersey, but questions surrounding the club's financial stability could prevent them from returning.

In early January, Jeff Vanderbeek secured full ownership of the franchise, but remains in significant debt.

TFP first reported on Aug. 16, 2012, that Vanderbeek was in talks with Calgary billionaire Bill Gallacher, who owns the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, about purchasing the team, and sources have told TFP that those conversations are still ongoing.


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