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Marek Zidlicky traded to Devils

Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:58 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 9:02 pm
WildDevilsBy: Adam Gretz

In a move that had been rumored and expected for a couple of weeks now, the Minnesota Wild have traded defenseman Marek Zidlicky to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Kurtis Foster, forwards Nick Palmieri and Stephane Velieux, as well as a pair of draft picks.

Zidlicky has been struggling through one of the worst seassons of his career in Minnesota, and recently sounded off about the number of times he had been a healthy scratch under first-year head coach Mike Yeo. In 41 games this season he's yet to score a goal and has 14 assists, and throughout his career the 34-year-old rearguard has usually been a around 40-point producer from the blue line, providing most of his offense on the power play. Perhaps a change of scenery is what he needs at this point. It certainly can't hurt.

He's signed throug the end of next season and his contract pays him $4 million per year.

Zidlicky is going to a Devils team that could certainly use some offensive production from its defense, as their leading scorer among defensemen this season is 19-year-old rookie Adam Larsson with 16 points in 48 games.

The key player for Minnesota, along with the draft picks and the additional cap space it will save for next season, is probably the 22-year-old Palmieri. He's spent limited time with the Devils over the past couple of years scoring 13 goals in 78 career games.

The Devils acquired Foster in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks earlier this season in exchange for Mark Fraser, Rod Pelley and a seventh-round draft pick. Foster previously spent time with Minnesota from 2005 to 2009.

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Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:35 pm

Marek Zidlicky traded to Devils

   This could be good for both teams, but I personally think Zidlicky will equal his pt total for the year in the remainimng 22-24 games in Jersey, or very close to it. The Wild do not have an offense that is suitable to Zidlicky, so it was good to move him and his $4 million out.

  As for the Wild, I agree that Palmieri is a big piece, but I wouldn't say the key!! Let's see what round these picks are and what they draft with them. They need some point getters, as we already know they play tight defensively. I believe that Minny's problem is lack of offensive depth and after the first 25-35 games this year, opposing teams learned that shutting down 3 or four players is essentially all they need to do to greatly increase their odds at beating the Wild.

  The Wild have SCORED ONLY 54 GOALS  in their last 31 games!!!!!!!! From 20-7-3 on Dec 10th to 27-25-6 as of Feb 24th is disgusting. To save some the math, they are 7-18-6 since Dec 10 (the day that kicked off a 2-15 stretch, then after a couple wins, started a 1-8 run. When you score less than 1.6 goals per game over the course of a season, you are in big trouble, and that can't be a problem shouldered by 1 player, especially 1 defenseman.

  For some reason, I have a soft spot for the Wild and hope they turn it around, but they need Koivu back to start, then they need a system that encourages more scoring. Leave some opportunities for the other team if that's what it takes. Backstrom is a stud in net and he will win more games than lose for you if he's asked to be busier than usual. All this is just IMHO, so don't take it like I know anything more than the next guy and start trashing me with 1 star ratings :D

Good luck Wild and Wild fans!! 

Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:22 pm

Marek Zidlicky traded to Devils

Great trade for the Wild. Cap space for Parise?

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:36 pm

Marek Zidlicky traded to Devils

   Sounds like the Devils overpaid for a retiree waiting to happen. This is a lot to give up for a 'D' man on a decline in his career. What are they thinking, old BIG names will win??? Well anyway, nice heathly scratch pickup Devils. Hope you didn't sell the farm also to get him.

Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:23 pm
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Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:45 pm

Marek Zidlicky traded to Devils

Upset that I proved you wrong CBS? Get better proofing.

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:27 pm
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