New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald has a clear goal in mind ahead of the March 3 trade deadline.
"If it's possible, I'd like to add a top-six winger," Fitzgerald told The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. "And I'd like to be able to control the player (past this season) and grow. I'd be willing to give up assets to do that, and I've got to know, 'What does that look like?'"
The Devils have the assets to pull off that deal. They boast one of the deepest prospect pools in the league. The club also has all of its draft picks over the next few years, minus a 2023 third-rounder used to help acquire defenseman John Marino in the offseason.
Fitzgerald couldn't provide specific names, but San Jose Sharks winger Timo Meier is one available player who'd fit the mold. He carries a $6-million cap hit in 2022-23 before becoming a restricted free agent at season's end. Meier's qualifying offer for next campaign is a whopping $10 million before he can become an unrestricted free agent in 2024.