***Courtesy of the New Jersey Devils***
The New Jersey Devils today acquired defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 or 2020 NHL Draft from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forwards Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and New Jersey’s third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The conditions on the pick are as follows:
-If Anaheim signs Henrique to a new Standard Player Contract for 2019-20 prior to their own third-round pick of the 2019 Draft, Anaheim will transfer their own third-round pick in the 2019 Draft to New Jersey.
-If Anaheim signs Henrique to a new Standard Player Contract for 2019-20 after their own third-round pick of the 2019 Draft, Anaheim will transfer their own third-round pick in the 2020 Draft to New Jersey.
-If Henrique does not re-sign with Anaheim, no pick will be exchanged.
Quote from Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero:
“In acquiring Sami, we bring on a right shot, top-four defenseman who can play in all situations. This move also gives us contract certainty on the back end for the next two-plus years. When acquiring a defenseman like Vatanen, you have to give back quality assets or players in return. That is the case in this situation with Adam and Joe. Adam has been a key member of our organization for nearly ten years since he was drafted. His contributions both on and off the ice will always be appreciated by our organization and fans. For Joe, this is a great opportunity with a quality organization like Anaheim and I am happy for him.
“This also says a great deal about our other forwards in Binghamton and those who have taken the next step in New Jersey. I am excited they continue to push and provide us quality depth and competition from within.”
Vatanen, 26, currently has one goal and three assists in 15 games with Anaheim. He will meet the team in Colorado and wear jersey #45.