NHL Rumors: 3 New Jersey Devils Generating the Most Trade Interest

The New Jersey Devils sit 24 points out of a playoff spot in the eastern conference and are a team to watch as we approach the trade deadline in a couple of weeks. While they have some young pieces to build around the team is open to a number of moves including hockey deals to acquire players with term. They also have a couple of players signed through next season who have been discussed in trades. Let's take a look at three Devils who could be on the move before March 21:

Andreas Johnsson, LW

Signed for $3.4 million this season and next, Andreas Johnsson could find himself dealt before the deadline. His no-trade clause doesn't take effect until July 1 and New Jersey could be willing to part with the speedy winger for the right price. So far in 51 games, the 27-year-old has recorded 11 goals and 28 points. Slightly overpaid 'Mango' is in his second season in Jersey, and this could be his last. Teams who are expected to be interested include the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. Considering the Devils acquired Johnsson from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a salary dump deal, cashing in this trade deadline may be good business for the Devils.

Pavel Zacha, C/LW

A former sixth-overall pick Pavel Zacha hasn't lived up to expectations and finds himself in the shadows of Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes. The 24-year-old is a pending restricted free agent and will be looking for a long-term extension and a raise on his $2.25 million annual salary. So far in 51 games, Zacha has recorded 26 points and can't seem to get over the hump to become a legitimate top-six forward. 

Damon Severson, RHD

The Devils are lucky to have Damon Severson on their team as he's been lights out so far this season and is making only $4.16 million against the cap. He's signed through next season and doesn't hold any trade protection, two variables which have certainly got the eye of contending teams. Even with Dougie Hamilton in the lineup, Severson leads all Devils in ice-time and frankly it's not even close. He can play in all situations and so far in 53 games he's recorded 31 points. The Toronto Maple Leafs have interest, as do the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes. If he ends up getting dealt, expect to see a huge package which will include a young NHL roster player and prospects heading the other way. 

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