New Jersey finished last season 5 points out of a wild card spot. The main problem they had was scoring, with only 197 goals for. Did they get better over the offseason? Let’s see.
The main news from them was letting go of Martin Brodeur after about 20 seasons with the franchise. It doesn’t hurt them, but, with how long he had played there, it’s the one thing that stands out.
Moving on to the more important moves, their main focus was strengthening their offense. The best move they made was acquiring Mike Cammalleri. As the leading scorer for Calgary, he has been able to produce 30 goals. It’s not surprising with his 13.6 shot percentage.
Another acquisition for their offense was Martin Havlat. He can score a good amount of goals; the only question is his health. He has not played a full 82 game season in his career, which could be a concern.
The last acquisition was goaltender Scott Clemmenson. After letting go of Brodeur, they needed a backup to Cory Schneider. Clemmenson has starting experience in Florida and will be a solid backup.
So did New Jersey improve? I think they have, but I’m not sure they will make the playoffs with the amount of competition there is.