Five Players Cut From Devils Roster
The Devils trimmed their roster today, assigning four players to Albany of the AHL and placing another on waivers.
Devils’ president and general manager Lou Lamoriello believed the rookies weren’t being demoted, but getting more experience with Albany.
“Going to Albany is not going to hurt them by any means and they’re certainly close to being ready,” Lamoriello said to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. “This is for today and tomorrow.”
The Devils also placed defenseman Rob Davison on waivers today. The defenseman, who signed a one-way, $500,000 dollar contract, must clear waivers before the Devils decide what to do with Davison.
These moves open the door for both Alexander Urbom and Matt Taormina to earn a spot on the Devils’ opening-night roster. While Corrente impressed in camp, Lamoriello acknowledged he was a victim of the cap crunch. The general manager also admitted needing more time to evaluate the young offensive defensemen.
“Matt is just a victim of numbers at this point and we want to really take a good look at the two offensive defensemen—Urbom and Taormina,” he said to Gulitti. “That’s all. Nothing else. He had his best camp since he’s been here and he’s taken great steps. He’s very close.”
Re-assigning Josefson also opens the door for Adam Mair to make the team. On a tryout contract, he’s been a pleasant surprise, discussing the importance of winning and standing up for teammates. If Lamoriello can clear cap space, we may see Mair fill the third line center position.
The biggest surprise, to me, was moving Josefson down to Albany. He looked like the best Devils’ rookie, and he seemed to be creating chemistry with his linemates. But some seasoning in the AHL may help him find his offensive game, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back with the Devils soon.
Remember – this is only the first round of cuts. Tomorrow and Wednesday will bring more moves, and we can only sit and wait to see what exactly Lamoriello will do.