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Devils Trade For Wild Defenseman Marek Zidlicky In Exchange For Three Players, Two Possible Draft Picks

Well this time it wasn't a rumor. According to a Tweet from the New Jersey Devils, they have traded away three players, a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL draft and a conditional 2013 pick. The players that the Devils gave up are Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri and Stephane Veilleux.

Devils acquire Marek Zidlicky from Wild for Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux, 2nd rd pick in '12, conditional pick in '13. 37 minutes ago via TweetDeck · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

The Wild, after a second-half cold streak, are more than likely shut out from the playoffs and are looking to better than chances next season but the Devils, after heating it up after the half-way point, are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 74 points and are looking to put some distance between them and the teams trailing behind them.

Zidlicky is in his eighth year in the league and has 14 points and a -6 plus/minus rating on the season. To acquire that, the Devils are giving up a total of 19 points and a combined plus/minus rating of -39 (all from Foster and Palmieri) as well as a conditionals 2013 pick. The second-round pick in 2012 is actually coming from the Washington Capitals. Both Foster and Veilleux have played for the Minnesota Wild at one point in their careers.

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