Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello is looking to acquire a forward who can add some scoring punch to a lineup that will be without Ilya Kovalchuk until just prior to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

But as Kovalchuk recovers from a right shoulder injury, Lamoriello cautioned that he is not willing to tear apart his team in an effort to make a splash by landing a big-name scorer for the stretch run.

“There is no question in my mind a splash usually upsets things. Adding pieces complements,” Lamoriello said. “That’s not saying it will always be the case, but adding pieces would be more the norm (for the Devils).”

A rumor floating around the Devils’ dressing room had Lamoriello trying to get right winger Jaromir Jagr from Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. But the Stars are reportedly working on a contract extension for the 41-year-old Jagr.

The Devils were never in the running for Calgary's Jarome Iginla, who was traded last night to the Boston Bruins. In order for the Devils to land a top forward, it likely would take a multi-player swap.


“You never know what the motivation is behind a blockbuster,” Devils winger Ryan Carter said. “Is it trying to blow things up to get the best you can (because you’re not going to make the playoffs)? Or is it you don’t like the look of your team so you want to change it?

“In the past, it looks like teams that have had success picked up a guy that complements the team, not necessarily blowing it up and changing things around. I think the smart acquisitions around the deadline are geared towards that.”