As many of you try to recover from Tuesday night's game, it's time to start looking forward. Don't worry. I will continue to go through the aftermath from the Game 7 collapse against Carolina and hope to have comments from Devils president,CEO and general manager Lou Lamoriello later today.
The team hasn't announced yet when it will hold its breakup day (and postseason team photo). All I know is it won't be today.
The process of getting ready for next season has already begun, though. So, let's start with the free agency picture. Here are the Devils' players who are scheduled to become free agents if they don't re-sign before July 1.
With restricted free agents, the team has the right to match any offer the player receives or would receive compensation (draft picks) for that player leaving to sign with another team.
The team has no right to match or to compensation for unrestricted free agents.
Everyone else not on this list is under contract for at least the 2009-10 season.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (player's 2008-09 cap salary in parenthesis)
RW Brian Gionta ($4 million); C John Madden ($2,938,540); C Bobby Holik ($2.5 million); LW/RW Brendan Shanahan ($800,000); LW Mike Rupp ($500,000); D Niclas Havelid ($2.7 million); D Johnny Oduya ($600,000); G Kevin Weekes ($687,500); G Scott Clemmensen ($500,000). RW Barry Tallackson ($475,000) -- Group 6 UFA.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
C Travis Zajac ($984,200); LW Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond ($471,667); D Andy Greene ($600,000), C Petr Vrana ($475,000).
Someone asked for Brendan Shanahan's reaction to Tuesday's game. Shanahan was one of a handful of players I did not see in the postgame locker room. I also didn't see Travis Zajac.
Zach Parise was the most-visibly distraught player in the room, but all of them looked stunned. Jay Pandolfo and John Madden were also notable for the look of shock and disappointment on their faces.