The Devils traded for left winger Michael Ryder over the weekend, adding another piece up front while ignoring the back end. Sort of like a whore getting another boob job but still having no ass.
Going the other way was former leading scorer Marc Savard who was acquired a few years ago for fan favorite Brandon Dubinsky and prospect Keaton Ellerby. A heavy price to pay for a now useless player because of injuries, the GM would do it again since Savard led the Devils to 2 straight playoff appearances - including a team record 101 point season last year. While neither Dubi or Ellerby has quite lived up to the GM Tous' expectations when they were here both are definitely solid players. Happy with what he did for the team it was time to part ways. Not a rich team in the league, the Devils are very happy to replace his cap hit with a player who will help...and won't possibly be on the hook for 2 more years.
Also leaving with Savvy are the Devils last pick in the 3rd round this year (the other was moved for Lombardi) and prospect Phil Lane. Originally drafted into NEFHL at pick #166 the Devils got a steal as he went in the 2nd round in the NHL. So, with little invested in lane it was easier giving him up. A solid prospect, the Devils aren't sure he's better than guys like Caron/Knight/Palushaj/Coyle so he was expendable to boost the team.
The Devils hope Ryder can supply better depth scoring then they were getting and he was playing big minutes with the Kings and it shows he can produce playing more minutes when needed. So if a long term injury occurs he could hopefully fill in. Like Lombardi it's possible he'll only be used for the rest of the year but he could also be a loyalty option for next season.
Right now the lines look something like this after yesterdays 3-1 win..
the 2nd line will now be known as the L-L-Cool J line.
The 3rd line will be known as the Arby's line.