It is officially trade season in the NHL. Kyle Palmieri has been on the trade block for about three seasons now. The Devils are going nowhere and they want all the young assets they can get. Travis Zajac has been one of the fan favorites for the Devils for many years now. He has been through everything with this team. Tonight, both players have said goodbye to New Jersey and are moving to Long Island. The New York Islanders make the first big splash of the NHL trade deadline.
It has been eating everyone alive for who would win the Palmieri sweepstakes. In the end, the Islanders offered the best package. This trade will see the Islanders give up two draft picks and two players. Both of the players are more prospects than players which is good for the Devil’s development and rebuild. With Anders Lee out for the season, the Islanders have found their man to fill Lee’s shoes. That man is Kyle Palmieri. I called it a few weeks ago.
#Isles Transaction: The #Isles have acquired forwards Kyle Palmieri & Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forwards Greer, Jobst, the #Isles 1st round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft & a conditional 4th round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. 1/2 https://t.co/BaV5g2DcNN
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 7, 2021
Not the First Time For These Two Teams
This isn’t the first time the Islanders and Devils have struck a deal recently. Right before last year’s deadline, the Devils gave their captain to the Islanders. Andy Greene was shipped to the Islanders to help solidify their blueline right before the playoffs. It seems only fitting that another long-time Devil has made his way to Long Island. The acquisition of Travis Zajac shouldn’t go unnoticed either. Zajac still has a lot to give to this team. He and Palmieri will be perfect fits for the Islanders and their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) February 16, 2020
Palmieri has had a relatively quiet season for the Devils. His best play comes against the Boston Bruins, but he is still a great player regardless. Palmieri has managed to register eight goals and nine assists for seventeen points in 34 games played. Despite being on a lackluster team in New Jersey, Palmieri is a -2 on the season. The isn’t great but isn’t bad for the team that surrounded him. Palmieri is lethal on the power-play and can be a great choice for the top line with Barzal. This move is a home run for the Islanders.
For the first time in his 14 year NHL career, Travis Zajac will put on a jersey that is not the Devils. He made his NHL debut for New Jersey back in the 2006-07 season. He has been a very consistent player for this team, but the time to move on is now. This season. Zajac has registered seven goals and eleven assists for eighteen points in 33 games played. Just by those stats, he has been better offensively then Palmieri this season. We all know out of the two, Palmieri is the better scorer. Solid pickup to round out the bottom six on the Islander’s roster.
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