Anytime a team has a good showing during the post season (or, god forbid, wins the Cup: see the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks), it’s no surprise to see the roster go their separate ways. In a successful post season, the team as a whole usually does well, and players need to be compensated for good performance. To most NHL clubs trying to navigate cap space, this is simply not affordable.
Now consider the Devils: a team with a lengthy post season run and a long history of debt and money issues. A team that is now composed of a roster that 1) took the team to within two games for the Stanley Cup and 2) is full of UFAs/RFAs that need to be paid for the 2012-2013 season.
Yeah, ouch. The club needs to navigate this, and fast.