Insider: Metro Team To Go "Hard After" Brenden Dillon

The New Jersey Devils are expected to pursue defenseman Brenden Dillon aggressively in free agency, according to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff. 

Dillon had one of the best seasons of his career this past year with the Winnipeg Jets, recording eight goals, 20 total points, a +20 plus/minus rating, 111 blocked shots, and 241 hits across 77 games played. 

His standout performance has made him a prime target for the Devils as they look to bolster their defensive lineup.

Dillon is coming off a four-year, $15.6 million contract ($3.9 million AAV) that he signed with the Washington Capitals in 2020. He was later traded to the Winnipeg Jets in July 2021 in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 second-round pick. 

Dillon's impressive defensive capabilities and physical presence make him an attractive option for teams seeking to strengthen their blue line.

The Devils have positioned themselves well to make a substantial offer to Dillon by clearing roster spots and cap space, most notably through the recent trade of defenseman John Marino to the Utah Hockey Club. 

Over the past four seasons, the 33-year-old has recorded 15 goals, 82 total points, a +53 plus/minus rating, 794 hits, and 388 blocked shots across 294 games played.

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