The team has long been in financial trouble, especially after the "great buying out period" in summer-fall of 2006 when GM Tous first took over the team. Multiple no-upside players like Sheldon Keefe, Vince Bellisimo and others had to be bought out to make room for guys GM Tous felt had upside...while some worked out (Tom Gilbert, Bill Thomas, David Clarkson, Peter Harrold) others have not (Igor Volkov, Viktor Dovgan).
The Devils are still happy they used this money to open up roster spots though, because without them...the team could look drastically different - in a bad way. Now, the team has tried to reverse this financial downswing and are looking to save money by finding cheap fillers - in Gamache and Adams.
With the team forecasted to be in the red after the end of the season, the team finally felt motivated to try and do something about it. Somehow, about 6,000 - 7,000 fans still watch homegames even after the team only has 3 wins...but...it won't be enough to put the team in the black.
So the team traded rookie/veteran (who knows?) Mark Popovic to the Canassholes for some much needed cash and a 5th round pick.
The team has also got creative, sending the most overpaid player in the league - Mike York - to the farm team. He somehow passed through waivers...all the GM's must be kicking themselves for that. The team has officially moved winger Jason Williams to play center, and claimed Kevyn Adams off waivers to play the 4th line spot...at about an eigth of the cost York was doing it.
And more recently, the team has just claimed Simon Gamache off waivers. Not a big move by any means..but Gamache should get plenty of quality icetime on the teams 2nd line behind David Backes and he will get every opportunity to earn a contract for next season. He only makes 300k so the team decided to take a shot on him. Most likely, he's just a filler for this season. David Clarkson will likely be sent to the minors because of this transaction.
Update: Kevyn Adams had 2 points today in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers and Gamache had 9 points in 18 games while on the powerhouse Avalanche.