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Devils React To Adding Marek Zidlicky

All quotes are from Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record who has worked tirelessly to put out the most recent information. The full articles can be read here, here and here.

Lou Lamoriello on Zidlicky:

On what Zidlicky brings the Devils:
“We had an opportunity to get an experienced right shot, puck-moving defensemen, who can also quarterback a power play and has a lot of experience.”

On what he gave up in the trade to get Zidlicky:
“We felt it was something we wanted to do and none of them (the players traded) are really playing regularly at this point. But we felt this was something to get it done.”

On why he traded Foster in deal after acquiring him earlier this season:
“In my opinion we had a chance to get somebody who was better suited to playing five-on-five, moving the puck out of the zone, jumping in the offense the way can with the type of forwards that we have at this point.”

On whether it make the team much better:
“We certainly wouldn’t have done it if we didn’t think it would make our team better.”

On whether injuries to Adam Larsson and Henrik Tallinder played into the trade:
“I don’t think that came into play because we knew that Adam would be back soon, but the thought process of having somebody young play without big-game experience did come into play when you had an opportunity to get (someone who does).”

On how it was no secret that Zidlicky wanted to come to the Devils:
“That absolutely plays into it with a player of his stature, that he wanted to come here.”

On whether he’s done dealing before the deadline:
“You never know. If you can make the team better, you do. We’re pleased with the addition right now and then we’ll just go from there.”

On whether Zidlicky is a top-two defenseman:
“In our opinion he is.”

On whether he asked Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias (Zidlicky’s good friends) about him:
“We had two people who knew him probably better than anyone in Jacques Lemaire, who coached him in Minnesota, and post-Jacques Lemaire, Dave Barr coached in Minnesota (as an assistant) last year. So, I don’t think you can have a better evaluation of a player than people who are on your own staff. Of course, he was a player that we had a lot of interest in when he was traded from Nashville. So, he was a player that we looked at for a period of time.”

On whether Zidlicky will be here in time for practice Saturday or Sunday’s game vs. Tampa Bay:
“We’re going to do everything we can to get him in. He’s in Dallas right now.”

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