2012 NJD 4th
The Devils made a necessary trade when they dealt out a mid round pick and prospects Chris Terry and Ted Ruth to the Canucks this past weekend. The Devils were sitting at 47 total roster players for most of the summer, however before the start of preseason needed to get under the league imposed 45 player cap between professional and farm players. After some quick negotiations between a few teams, it was believed by the Devils that the Canucks offered the smartest deal in terms of how it would affect New Jersey.
New Jersey could keep Aaron Palushaj (who was shopped in case nothing else could be reached) and the team could have moved him to a number of teams for a 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft. The team feels he could be a roster player within a couple years and was hoping to find another way, which is where the Canucks deal fit in perfectly. As much as it hurt the team to move Terry after his phenomenal season in the AHL (30+ goals, 60+ points as a 22 year old), the team managed to also dump middling prospect Ruth to get to the 45 player cap.
Unfortunately, also coming back to the team was Richard Bachman, a farm goalie as the team needed a 3rd string goalie going into the season; but he bumped the team back up to 46 players. While the Devils don't hold out much hope into him having much potential, if he can manage to be a back up in the future that would be great. If nothing else he keeps the team roster compliant for this season. The $1,500,000 coming back to the Devils proved a valuable part of the deal as the team would use that to buyout the newly deemed, college player David Wohlberg, acquired in a trade a couple years ago from Washington. He hasn't panned out during his collegiate career thus far and with the need for a roster spot and his buyout costing $800,000 the team felt he was a casualty of collateral damage. The team still believes he could be an effective 3rd or 4th line player in the NEFHL and hope to sign him back if in the future if he's still available.
After all is said and done, the Devils gained a little bit of money and a third string goalie with some upside but lost out on one solid prospect and two projects as well as a middle round pick. With Nashville's 3rd in the upcoming draft the loss of the pick doesn't hurt as much as Terry, but the Devils hope with the recent drafts and trades of forward prospects the team will make due.