New Jersey Devils Free Agency Profile: Paul Stastny

he New Jersey Devils are officially in offseason mode. Over the next few days, we will look at 20 potential free agents they could look at signing. Today, we look at the Winnipeg Jets Paul Stastny Martin Brodeur Jersey.
The New Jersey Devils have two positions where they can really improve over this offseason. One is obviously a top-line defenseman Brayden Schenn Jersey. That is the team’s most glaring need. The other isn’t so glaring. The Devils could use a second-line center to round out the offense.

New Jersey spent most of the season with Pavel Zacha as their second-line center Brett Hull Jersey. After going into the season as a favorite to win the top-line job, Zacha once again disappointed. Sure, he was moved all around the lineup, and never really had a chance to get used to his linemates, but it was clear there are positions that would work better for the 21 year old.
That opens up a spot for Ray Shero to spend some money. That money could go to center Paul Stastny.

Stastny is an interesting free agent in this year’s class Dmitrij Jaskin Jersey. In most years, he could be the most coveted free agent on the market, but with John Tavares looming, he’s a backup plan for many teams.

That doesn’t mean he won’t get paid, because a team is going to pay Stastny well. However, the advanced analytics show he’s not going to get paid as well as one might think. Matt Cane’s contract predictor, which we’ve been using to see how much some of the best free agents may make, show that Stastny is in line to make $5. 41 million over three seasons.

That’s a price I think Shero would be willing to pay for a legitimate second-line center that can round out this offense. The question becomes, is Stastny that type of player?

When looking at Stastny’s statistics, one might be surprised what you see. I know I was. The 32 year old only scored 16 goals this past season. It seemed like he scored so much more than that. In fact, he hasn’t broken 20 goals since he was with the Colorado Avalanche in 2014.

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