East Meadow, NY (AP) — New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils appear to be trading partners on the NHL deadline.
For the second year in a row, New York City metropolitan rivals have signed a contract for young and developing demons to send experienced players to the islanders for the Stanley Cup playoff push.
Last year was Andy Green, a veteran defense. Devil’s shipped right-wing Kyle Palmieri and two-way center Travis The Jack to the island on Wednesday for a pick in New York’s first round of the year, a conditional fourth round of next year, and AJ Greer and Mason Jobst forward.
The move before the closing date on Monday is not surprising. Islanders general manager Lula Molielo led the Devil’s to three cups, and Devil’s GM Thom Fitzgerald was in Providence when La Molielo was the athletic director.
“I feel that my relationship with Lou is very strong. There is an element of trust between us, which is important to Lou and very important to me,” Fitzgerald said. “Last year we were dealing with the same thing … for obvious reasons, there is a player who values our team. For me, the player is for Lou, especially his ex-player. I want to play for. I think it’s important through all of this. Travis was no exception. He knows what the environment will be and what his expectations will be. “
New Jersey will pay half of Zajak and Palmieri’s salary.
The Islanders are tied to Washington at the top of the East Division, with third-placed Pittsburgh back four points. New York has been 9-4-0 since losing captain Andersley after the ACL broke in the match against New Jersey on March 11.
Palmieri, who hasn’t played since last weekend and has been a free agent since this season, has given the islanders a proven goal scorer to help Anders Lee with a knee injury. The 30-year-old from Long Island scored at least 24 goals in each of the first five seasons with the Devil. He has made a slow start this year and is playing 8 out of 34 games.
“It was a bit of a crazy week starting with a scratch on Sunday. I couldn’t get any more excited when I heard that Islanders was an option. I’m a little worried waiting for the call. But it’s hard to control my excitement. “
Having spent his entire career at Devil’s, Zajak recently played in his 1000th regular season match. A 35-year-old kid can do anything from winning a showdown, scoring, killing a penalty, and more.
“I think I wanted a chance to win at this point,” Zajak said. “I think this is a team with all the aspects of the winner. I want to help them as much as possible. It was the right time for me. I’m lucky to have such a great career in New Jersey. There were a lot of great people. “
According to Fitzgerald, Zajak had to abandon the trade ban.
“The value he brought to the organization was very high, but if he wondered if I could get one kick from it, maybe this is it. So we worked on this together. “Fitzgerald said.
Jobst was the islander’s first round pick at the 2021 NHL.
Greer is currently playing at AHL’s Bridgeport and has one goal and one assist in 10 games. In 37 career NHL contests, the 24-year-old left has one goal and five assists.
New Jersey currently has nine picks in the 2021 NHL Draft. The club has its own picks in rounds 1, 3, 4 and 6. Islanders’ 1st and 2nd Rounders. Buffalo 5th round pick and Arizona 3rd and 7th round selection.
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