The New Jersey Devils sit with a record of 19-30-5 on the season and have a number of players expected to be moved before the trade deadline. Their biggest fish is defenseman Damon Severson as the right-handed blueliner has generated the most trade interest of any Devil on their roster this season. Let’s take a look at a couple of teams who could pull the trigger on landing Severson before the deadline:
At 37-11-5 on the season the Carolina Hurricanes have been the gold standard in the eastern conference all season long and will look to be active before the trade deadline in a couple of weeks. While they appear set in net with Frederik Andersen, it’s their defense that appears to be their area of focus. Severson would be a great fit as he can immediately jump into their top-four and play in all situations. So far this season with the Devils, the 27-year-old has recorded 31 points in 52 games. He leads all Devils’ players in ice-time, averaging 23:26 a night, good for over two full minutes over any of his current teammates. He’ll cost at least one first round pick, a current roster player and a prospect because of the fact he has one season left on his contract at a very reasonable $4.16 million on the cap. Expect to see Carolina dead smack in the middle of the bidding war.
Severson is basically a perfect fit for the Toronto Maple Leafs as he can slide into their top-pair with Morgan Rielly and provide the team with a stud on their right-side which they haven’t had for quite some time. The Leafs have been very inconsistent when it comes to production from their blue line and are currently dealing with a serious hole to fill, with the absence of Jake Muzzin. Timothy Liljegren appears to need more time to develop and would likely be the target if the Devils and Maple Leafs make a move. As this wouldn’t be a rental trade, the expectation is Toronto is heavily interested and will be there right to the bitter end in the bidding war.
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