Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils have acquired defenseman
Marek Zidlicky from Minnesota in exchange for forwards Nick Palmieri and
Stephane Veilleux, defenseman Kurtis Foster, a second-round pick in 2013 and a
conditional third-round pick in 2013.
The 35-year-old Zidlicky, a sixth-round draft pick by the Rangers in 2001, had
spent the past four seasons with the Wild. He was traded to Nashville by the
Rangers in December 2002.
In 548 games played with Nashville (2003-08) and the Wild, Zidlicky has
compiled 60 goals and 238 assists. The Czech native has just 14 assists in 41
contests this season.
This will be Foster's third team of the season. The 30-year-old, a 2000
second-round draft pick by Calgary, was traded to Anaheim by Edmonton this
past summer. He had a goal and an assist in nine games for the Ducks before
being dealt to the Devils in December. Foster, who had three goals and nine
helpers with New Jersey, has 41 goals and 155 points in 368 career NHL games.
This will be a return to Minnesota for Foster and Veilleux. Foster played for
the Wild from 2005-09, while the 30-year-old Veilleux was with Minnesota from
2002-09. He played for Tampa Bay the following season before joining the
Devils as a free agent prior to this season.
Veilleux has 46 goals and 53 assists in 439 career games.
Palmieri, who has spent his three NHL seasons in a New Jersey uniform, has 13
goals and 12 assists in 78 games.
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