On Monday, the New Jersey Devils traded forward Rod Pelley and defenseman Mark Fraser to the Anaheim Ducks in return for defenseman Kurtis Foster and minor league goalie Timo Pielmeier. The deal also included a 7th round draft pick going to the Ducks in 2012.
Pelley went scoreless in the seven games played for the Devils this season, while Fraser went scoreless in four games played. The combined salaries for Pelley and Fraser, who will both be unrestricted free agents after this season, total $1.25 million.
Foster, in his seventh NHL season, has only played in nine games this season for Anaheim. He missed the first six games of this season recovering from thigh surgery. In those nine games he accrued only two points and eight penalty minutes. The Devils will be looking to Foster for help on their power play. 22 year old goalie, Timo Pielmeier, has been in Elmira (ECHL). He appeared in 10 games this season with a 3.45 GAA.
With these additions,Pete DeBoer will need to make roster moves when center Travis Zajac and defenseman Anton Volchenkov are soon taken off IR.
“I think we get a pretty good acquisition very soon in Travis Zajac, who will be back soon and Anton should be back by the end of the week,” Lamoriello said. “When you have such quality individuals (like Pelley and Fraser) who’ve given you so much each and every day in practice and in the locker room as support, you try and do the best for them. This is a win situation for both teams. They’re getting two role players who will be tremendous for them and we’re getting a player who has tremendous upside in the role we see that he’ll fit.”
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