Spotlight: 5 Recent Transactions Made by the New Jersey Devils

The 2021 NHL trade deadline passed on April 12 at 3 p.m. (Eastern Time). Sixteen trades were made during the day, as teams attempted to prepare for extended playoff runs. Several other trades were made in the days and weeks leading up to the deadline. The New Jersey Devils traded two of its key veteran players and made a few other transactions. Below is a look at the team’s player activity before and just after the NHL trade deadline.

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Signed Alexander Holtz

Acquired Jonas Siegenthaler

A 23-year-old native of Zurich, Switzerland, Siegenthaler was selected by the Capitals in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft. He made his debut with the Capitals during the 2018–19 season and accumulated 13 points in 97 games before the trade.

Waived Nikita Gusev and Sami Vatanen

Meanwhile, Vatanen has spent the past four seasons with the Devils. The 29-year-old defenseman, originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2009, had six points in 30 games this season and 74 points through 184 regular season games with New Jersey. He was also a member of the Finnish national team that won bronze at the 2009 World U18 Championship and 2014 Winter Olympics. Vatanen was claimed on waivers by the Dallas Stars.

Traded Dmitry Kulikov

A veteran of 12 seasons, Kulikov played 38 games for New Jersey this season and recorded two assists. He was originally selected 14th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2009 NHL Draft and spent seven seasons with the team. He has also played for the Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets. Kulikov has 35 goals and 137 assists through 715 career regular season games.

Traded Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac

Palmieri has been with the Devils since the 2015–16 season and recorded at least 20 goals and 44 points in each of the past five seasons. Zajac, meanwhile, was selected 20th overall by the Devils in the 2004 NHL Draft and recorded 550 points in 1,024 career regular season games with the franchise. He’s familiar with Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello, who served in executive capacities with the Devils from 1987 to 2015. Lamoriello was New Jersey’s general manager when the team drafted Zajac.

“There are players that Lou values on our team, for obvious reasons,” said New Jersey general manager Tom Fitzgerald, following the trade. “For me, players want to play for Lou, especially his ex-players and I think that’s important through all this and Travis was no different. He knows what the environment’s going to be, he knows what the expectations will be.”

An alumnus of Ohio State University, Jobst has yet to appear in the NHL, but played seven games with the Islanders’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport this season. Meanwhile, Greer has six points through 37 career NHL regular season games and recorded two points in 10 games this season with Bridgeport.

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