The New Jersey Devils have decided to trade captain Andy Greene. The veteran defenseman was one of the many names rumored to potentially be leaving New Jersey as the team approached the trade deadline.
Greene was moved to the New York Islanders in exchange for David Quenneville and a 2021 second-round pick and Greene waived his no-trade clause to go to the Islanders.
This will see Greene reunited with his former GM in Lou Lamoriello who originally signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2006. As for what the Devils will do with their team captaincy, GM Tom Fitzgerald says it will stay vacant until the end of the season.
Blake Coleman Also Headed Out of New Jersey?
Immediately following the trade, there was speculation swirling around the New Jersey Devils. Sources were reporting Blake Coleman was being scratched and traded to the Colorado Avalanche. There were other reports that he might be moved to the Boston Bruins.
An NHL source just confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that the Boston Bruins are one of four teams pushing hard to acquire New Jersey Devils winger Blake Coleman. After Coleman was scratched from the Devils lineup for their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets Sunday night, he reportedly left the arena while his team prepared for the 6 PM game. A report then surfaced on Twitter that Coleman had been dealt to the Colorado Avalanche but the Devils quickly denied that.
The fourth team was not know, but the third team was the Edmonton Oilers.
If Coleman is moved, Devils fans will be upset if the team doesn’t get a good return. Coleman is a top penalty killer who is paid like a 4th liner. He scored at a much better clip and he’s got one more season after this one at $1.8 million. He’d be a player of excellent value for an NHL club.
Update: Coleman was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was moved in exchange for prospect Nolan Foote and Vancouver’s first-round pick which Tampa got in the J.T. Miller trade.
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