Various sources report tonight the Minnesota Wild have traded defenseman Marek Zidlicky to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux, a 2nd round pick (formerly from the Capitals) in 2012 and a conditional pick in 2013.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier this month Zidlicky had indicated a willingness to waive his movement clause to go to the Devils but Wild management wanted to field other offers first. The Devils offer was obviously considerably better, as the Wild get back a familiar defenseman in Foster, who’d played for them previously in his career, plus a couple of depth forwards in Palmieri and Veilleux. Of the two, Palmieri could have a future with the Wild. The extra draft picks give Wild management a little more depth to play with, both in this year’s draft and next. As for the Devils, they land an experienced puck-moving defenseman in Zidlicky who’s hoping to regain his form after failing to fit in with Wild coach Mike Yeo’s system. He’s aging (35), and has one more year at $4 million left on his contract, but if he can find his groove with the Devils, it could be a worthwhile addition.