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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.”

Head Coach Pete DeBoer:

“Exciting,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said of the trade. “It shows Lou’s belief in the group and what we have going here. It’s obviously a high price to pay and we appreciate the efforts Foster and Palmieri and Veilleux gave to the organization. It makes us better. Even more important, I think, is the message to the guys in the room from up top that there’s a strong belief in what we’re doing here and we’ll keep trying to do.”

“He’s a right shot,” DeBoer said. “He moves the puck. Historically over his career he’s been a 40, 50-point defenseman, which are very hard to find. He’s got playoff experience. There’s a long lists of positive attributes that he has that will help us. This guy is a competitor and the division we’re playing in and some of the potential playoff matchups, the more of these guys that we have the better.”

Zach Parise:

“I think Lou has always had that mindset,” Devils captain Zach Parise said. “He’s always looking to make the team better, improve areas that he thinks we need to improve. In his eyes – and rightfully so and as it should be – the season is never a successful one unless you win the whole thing and I think we all know that he’s going to try and give us the best opportunity to do that.”

“That’s always a good thing to have, a defenseman that contributes offensively,” Parise said. “I think our D are doing a good job of doing that, pinching being active. But when you get an offensive defenseman like that, it’s a different element.”

Petr Sykora, a close friend to Zidlicky:

“I obviously know Marek and he’s a very skilled defenseman, plus he’s going to bring some toughness too,” Sykora said. “He doesn’t mind to throw his body around and I think throughout his career he was great on the power play. He can really move the puck and he can make some great plays. I think he’s going to be a very good fit here.”

Patrik Elias, who has known Zidlicky since they were in their teens:

“I think he’s going to be a help,” Elias said. “Offensively, he’s very good. He’s got a mean streak to him. I’ve know him since I was 14 years old and he’s a great friend to me, so, hopefully, this is a big help to us and I’m glad to see him in our uniform. I’ll probably pick him up at the airport tomorrow. He’s going to need a ride and a place to stay. I think he’s going to fit in perfect. I think that he likes that up-tempo game, the first (defenseman) to pinch in at a certain time, the (defensemen) always involved and I think that’s the game we’re playing. At the same time, defensively, he can have a mean streak to him.”

Finally, the man himself, Zidlicky:

“I asked for Jersey, that was my first pick,” he said. “So, I knew before. I just waited for a phone call. It wasn’t a surprise for me.”

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