By STEPHEN WHYNOAP Hockey Author
The New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman Sami Vatanen in a commerce with the Anaheim Geese on Thursday in trade for heart Adam Henrique and ahead Joseph Blandisi.
New Jersey will get a conditional 2019 or 2020 third-round decide together with Vatanen. The Devils additionally despatched a 2018 third-round decide to Anaheim.
Regardless that he has a aim and three assists in 15 video games this season, Vatanen provides the Devils the offensive defensemen they have been in search of. The 26-year-old is signed for 2 extra seasons at a salary-cap hit of $four.875 million.
“It is a whole lot for each groups that we each had must fill,” Geese normal supervisor Bob Murray stated on a convention name. “Hopefully this one works out for each groups.”
Vatanen has 126 factors in 280 regular-season NHL video games.
“In buying Sami, we convey on a proper shot, top-four defenseman who can play in all conditions,” Devils GM Ray Shero stated. “This transfer additionally provides us contract certainty on the again finish for the subsequent two-plus years.”
In Henrique, the Geese get heart depth as they cope with accidents to Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler. The 27-year-old has 4 objectives and 10 assists in 24 video games this season and is signed by way of 2018-19.
The conditional decide is exchanged in 2019 if the Geese signal Henrique prior to creating their third-round decide at that draft and in 2020 in the event that they signal him afterward. If they do not re-sign Henrique, no decide is exchanged.
New Jersey’s ahead depth, together with the return of Travis Zajac from harm, gave Shero the flexibility to deal from a place of power to handle a necessity.
“Adam has been a key member of our group for almost 10 years since he was drafted,” Shero stated. “His contributions each on and off the ice will at all times be appreciated by our group and followers.”
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