I want to make one thing clear. That headline isn't as much of a criticism of their General Manager as it is an undeniable and disheartening fact. The New Jersey Devils tried to pull a rabbit out of their ass by moving a waiver claim and a slow-footed depth defenseman for something/anything of value and they ended up holding a bunny carcass with one smelly ass hand. Simply put, the Devils' deals produced complete and utter shit. The trade deadline walked in, pissed on their leg, and was gone before the stink even set in.
I suppose that was to be expected with them offering up a freshly injured, journeyman forward and someone who likely won't even play for the playoff team he was acquired by. That said, late season roster cleanses of years past have given me a false sense of security in this front office's ability to push oregano at purple haze prices. The addition of Dalton Prout (yawn) and the acquisition of a 6th round pick shouldn't be huge disappointments, but - in large part due to the job Ray Shero has done thus far - they sure feel that way relative to last year's purging of the Bruins in exchange for Lee Stempniak (a training camp tryout). I don't doubt that the underwhelming return was a product of a porous market, but let's just say that it didn't take any pressure off what should be/needs to be/hopefully is an eventful offseason. March 1st certainly didn't fatten up the wallet, but summer is right around the corner and with the Devils plethora of picks and wealth of cap space it damn well better be considered cutting season.