Good evening Devils fans! Well, the right before game time news magic continues! Lucky me, I’m here to experience it live and in person! The New Jersey Devils announced about two hours before tonight’s six o’clock game that they had traded their captain and first pairing defenseman to the New York Islanders in exchange for a second round pick and prospect David Quenneville. Here is the link to what the NJ Devils have announced today:
NJ Devils Announcement
Interim General Manager Tom Fitzgerald speaks:
When I arrived to Prudential Center tonight to watch and cover tonight’s game, I literally found out about the trade the minute I parked at 4:15pm! First of all, I’m amazed at the return they got for Andy Greene who’s game has been in decline for a while and getting a second round pick is a miracle! This move gives more opportunities to defensive youth like Will Butcher and Mirco Mueller on the blue line. This to me also signals the coming of top defensive prospect Ty Smith to play full time in the NHL next season.
New Jersey clearly is in a rebuilding mode and are looking to further inject more youth into their lineup and minor league system as well. It won’t be surprising to me to see more names dealt at the trade deadline such as Blake Coleman, Travis Zajac, and possibly even P.K. Subban. All I know is this, there are more moves coming and it will be interesting to see what else happens especially on February 24th which is the NHL Trade Deadline.