External Goalie Options for the Devils

The New Jersey Devils need to acquire a new goalie this offseason. The Devils need to make changes due to the production this season. While it is not the only issue the Devils have, the goalie situation is one of the most pressing issues.

Currently, the Devils allow 3.67 goals per game, with a .887 save percentage. These statistics are arguable the worst in the league.

The Devils are last in the Metropolitan Division with 54 points through 70 games. They sit with the Philadelphia Flyers at the bottom of the division. With 12 games left, it appears they are destined to finish near the bottom of the Metropolitan Division.

Marc-Andre Fleury:

Fleury is a big name to look for in the Devils’ offseason search. At 37 years old, this would not be a long-term fix but would be a great move for the Devils. Fleury has been a solid NHL goalie for the entirety of his career. The Chicago Blackhawks traded Fleury to the Minnesota Wild this season. Now, he will be a free agent at the season’s conclusion. 

The former first overall pick has a .913 career save percentage with 71 shutouts. Fleury led the Las Vegas Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Championship in the inaugural season, before falling to the Washington Capitals.

After landing with the fourth team of his career this season, Fleury may be willing to find a new home towards the end of his career. With a drastic need for goaltending, signing Fleury would be great for the Devils. An accomplished veteran who could fill a need while the Devils find and develop a goaltender for the future. 

Ville Husso

The 27-year-old goalie would be an interesting pickup for the Devils. The St. Louis Blues keeper has been involved in trade rumors all season and could certainly be on the move. He has been linked with the Edmonton Oilers earlier, so he may go there in free agency.

In 33 games this season, Husso has a 2.41 GAA with a .923 save percentage and two shutouts. This demonstrates vast improvement from his 17 appearances last season where he had a .893 save percentage and 3.31 GAA. 

At 27, Husso could provide stability in net to the Devils for years to come. While there is no guarantee he will continue to be successful, he has shown great signs this season with the Blues. He is a great option due to his current production and age. 

Jack Campbell

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 30-year-old goalie has been strong this season. Campbell returned from injury earlier this week, to help his squad beat the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Campbell boasts a 2.72 GAA with a .913 save percentage and 4 shutouts. His stats are similar to Husso’s this season. Thus, Campbell would be another great addition to the Devils’ roster. He has 41 starts and 43 appearances this season. That consistency could aid the Devils. Mackenzie Blackwood has the most appearances on the team this season with 23. 

Campbell has truly come into his own this season, as this is his first season starting more than 30 games. He has lots left in the tank and is proving to be a reliable NHL goalie this season. 

 

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