At this point, it’s safe to say the New Jersey’s season is pretty much a wash. They had high expectations at the beginning of the season after such a productive offseason but with a 22-26-10 record, they’re pretty much dead in the water. After trading Taylor Hall and firing their head coach and later GM, this season has been a stressful mess. Currently, they’re 8th in the Eastern Wild Card race, 17 points from a playoff spot and today, interim GM Tom Fitzgerald made two trades to try and brighten the Devils’ future.
The first trade was between the Devils and the Islanders. The Devils gave up captain Andy Greene for prospect David Quenneville and a 2021 2nd round pick. Andy Greene, a 37-year-old defenseman, had 11 points (2G 9A) in 53 games while averaging 20:07 per game. The Devils free up $5 million in cap space with the trade. In David Quenneville, the Devils are getting a 21-year-old defenseman who has played 18 games in the AHL with 6 points (1G 5A).
In the 2nd trade of the day, the Devils gave up Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning for prospect Nolan Foote and a 2020 1st round pick. The condition on the first-round pick is that should the Canucks, who originally owned the pick, miss playoffs in 2019-2020 then the draft pick is pushed back to a 2021 1st round pick. As for Coleman, he is a 28-year-old centre who has 31 points (21G 10A) in 57 games while averaging 17:02 per game. Coleman carries a $1.8 million AAV.
In return, the Devils are getting Nolan Foote, a 19-year-old left-winger that is currently playing in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets. So far this season Foote has 33 points (15G 18A) in 26 games.
Between both of these trades today, the Devils cleared $6,800,000 from their cap situation, leaving then with $7,962,863 in projected cap space, and secured two prospects. The Devils also have 8 potential picks in the 2020 draft, 3 of which are in the first round.
These trades are more focused on the Devils future rather than where they are right now. It’s a smart move considering that to trade away the rest of their players for a shot at this season’s playoffs is kinda useless. This way, the Devils can start planning for this offseason and how to get better next year.
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