The Carolina Hurricanes last night traded forward Alexei Ponikarovsky to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for minor league defenseman Joe Sova and a 2012 fourth round draft pick.

Ponikarovsky dealt to Devils.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes “fire sale” has begun. Ponikarovsky is eligible for UFA status this summer and obviously no longer fit into Carolina’s future plans. He’s a former four-time 20-plus goal-scorer, but over the past two seasons hasn’t come close to those numbers. He’s a versatile forward who can play both wings, and was acquired to add depth to the Devils third or fourth line. And no, he isn’t being brought in as a potential replacement for Zach Parise! If anything, this is an indication the Devils are loading up for the playoffs.

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6 Responses to Ponikarovsky Dealt to Devils.

  1. MJR I says:

    Essentially NJ gets a Maple Leafs, Coyotes, and Hurricanes reject.

    My reaction: Nooooo what are you doing?!

    Liability at both ends. Someone called him a two-way player… I call him a two-way contract type player.

  2. claysbar says:

    Forgot Pitt and LA but no Yotes. But I agree with ya

  3. MJR I says:

    Oh that’s true. Sorry, the hurricanes jerseys looks like the yotes jerseys. You’d think teams would try other colours or something.

  4. MJR I says:

    I know what happened now. I remember they dealt Poni-boy to Pittsburgh; I was recalling Lee Stempniak. It was part of the Toronto migration from Burke taking over the team.

  5. Innovator says:

    Third line pick up with some size. He’s not expected to their new star, just a depth player

  6. Murph says:

    If this guy grew a pair, played with a bit of edge, and went to the net, he would be a valuable pickup. He has size and skill, but apparently tries not to showcase that. I can see Lamorello seeing the potential, but I do not see why Deboer will be the one to get that out of him when his previous 4 coaches could not. He has the size and skill to be 2nd line, but lack of effort and intensity makes him 3rd or 4th line.

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