Devils' Erik Haula Reveals Only Team He Wants To Play For

Now that the New Jersey Devils have been eliminated from the playoffs, the focus turns to what they will add and let go of from their roster this offseason. The team has some big unrestricted free agents (UFA) they have to deal with, including Erik Haula who revealed his future intentions.

Haula only wants to play for the Devils, no one else. Amanda Stein reported that Haula told general manager Tom Fitzgerald, "let's get (an extension) done already." For the cap hit this player had, he was very effective and a key piece of the puzzle that helped the team advance to the second round this season.

Haula finished up the final year of a two-year, $2.375 million AAV deal originally signed with the Boston Bruins. He was swapped for Pavel Zacha last offseason and has only been with the Devils for one season. That appeared to be enough as the 32-year-old slotted into the middle-six and scored 14 goals and 41 points in 80 regular season games before contributing four goals and six points in 12 games in the playoffs.

Haula has a lot of playoff experience which is very beneficial for a young team expecting to be headed back each season. He will likely get a bump in salary, but the team's main focus should be on pending RFAs Timo Meier and Jesper Bratt first. I believe there is still room for Haula in the lineup if he doesn't require too much money to sign. He will only help the team push for a Stanley Cup in the future.

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