The prices from most teams weren't over the top, but since most deals would have been lateral moves anyway - the Devils have confidence in their own players, and with a large quantity of prospects making their way towards the pros...well a few of them will hit their potential.
It's unfortunate the Devils couldn't pick up a future top six center, balking at deals where players like Andrew Ladd, Bobby Ryan or NJ or MTL firsts would have been moved. The Devils realize they need more high upside players at center - but it looks like that will come through the draft - where the team will likely take Steve Stamkos, Kyle Beach or Colin Wilson. With a likely top 3 pick, the team should be able to get one of them - unless rumors of a potential draft day trade are true.
As the team stands, players are developing and the team next year will look only slightly different than the current team. However, that doesn't mean another season where the team will only have 6 wins through 65 games. With players like Kobasew, Dubinsky and Edler showing quick learning curves the team should be able to ice at least a semi decent team next year in the weak Eastern Conference.
As of now, the team will look like this heading into next season:
*Aucoin may not be re-signed depending on how contract negotations go.
not a playoff team - yet - but good skilled RW's, toughness all around the lineup and an ever improving prospect base.
Backes and Ladd should both end up solid 20 goal powerforwards, while Kobasew should also pot 20-25 and Kaner will be the playmaker on the team.
Fritsche can expect to go from first line minutes this year to lower 6 minutes next year, playing with fighter David Clarkson and a rotation of players ranging from Jack Skille/Bobby Ryan/Patrick Thoresen/Dustin Boyd.