The New Jersey Devils are fighting for their playoff lives, but that doesn't mean they'll hesitate to trade a couple of expiring contracts - at the right price.
Stempniak's been a revelation up front for New Jersey, with 15 goals and 25 assists in 60 games. The 33-year-old leads the Devils in scoring and is earning a paltry $850,000 on a one-year contract. And he's used to being on the move as New Jersey is his eighth team.
Schlemko, a defenseman, has six goals and 11 assists in 52 games, helping New Jersey to the NHL's lowest goals-against average. He's on a cheaper contract than Stempniak, earning only $625,000. He'll be 29 in May.
"I don't think the Devils want to move them for the sake of moving them," LeBrun writes, adding that Shero is still in asset-collecting mode, so he has to listen to anyone who calls.