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Trade- Adam Henrique To The Ducks, Sami Vatanen To The Devils

 

added 10:04am, New Jersey release is below....

Newark, NJ - 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 missed the first nine games of the season recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. Vatanen finished second in scoring among Ducks defensemen last season, and led all Ducks defensemen the two years prior to that. In addition, he has finished third on the Ducks in time-on-ice each of the past four seasons. In 280 career NHL games, all in four-plus seasons with Anaheim, he scored 33 goals and 93 assists for 126 points. He has also accumulated 116 penalty minutes and a plus-22 rating. The 5'10", 185lb. blue-liner has skated in 40 Stanley Cup Playoff contests, notching five goals and 17 assists for 22 points and 18 penalty minutes. He is currently in the second year of a four year, $19.5 million dollar contract ($4,8750,000 AAV). 

The native of Jyvaskyla, Finland, was Anaheim's fifth selection (fourth round), and the 106th overall choice in the 2009 NHL Draft. He was in the same Anaheim draft class as current Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri. Prior to the NHL, he played with JyP Jyvakyla in the Finnish professional league. Vatanen has represented his home country in international play at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, 2014 Olympic Winter Games, 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championships, and the 2010 World Championships. 

Vatanen will meet the team in Colorado and wear jersey #45.

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Paul's avatar

What would you have given up for Vatanen, 26 years old, shoots right.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/30/17 at 10:16 AM ET

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That doesn’t seem much for vatanen…. nice move by Jersey.  Kind of jealous.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 11/30/17 at 10:22 AM ET

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Vatanen is definitely in a down year, but on an Anaheim team that’s underperformed so far.  Seems Anaheim was willing to give him up to get Henrique to boost their offense a bit. 

Vat was probably going to end up on a different team eventually anyways.

Posted by TreKronor on 11/30/17 at 10:36 AM ET

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Man we couldn’t get in on this? We need a top 4 D so bad and have for years

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 11/30/17 at 10:46 AM ET

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Man we couldn’t get in on this? We need a top 4 D so bad and have for years

Who do you give up?  Henrique is super steady and carries a very fair cap hit.

Posted by TreKronor on 11/30/17 at 10:53 AM ET

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I was hoping KH would trade for Vatanen before ANA signed him to his deal. Nice trade.

What would be the DET equivalent for what ANA gave up? NyQuist or Tatar and a young forward? Not to familiar with Blandisi.

Posted by BladesOfSteel on 11/30/17 at 11:12 AM ET

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I’d do a NyQuist/Tatar and prospect deal all day for Vatty

Posted by BladesOfSteel on 11/30/17 at 11:13 AM ET

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Nyquist, preferably, or even Tatar, plus a depth forward and a pick.

I guess Henrique fills more of a need as a little bit bigger and more versatile player and specifically a guy who can slot in on a top line at center - Getzlaf and Kesler out at the same time, plus Eaves uncertain situation.

I assume it was Anaheim’s hole at center, plus getting a player young enough to keep around and one who’s had some success in the playoffs. I don’t see how a streaky winger who’s not been so great in the playoffs has the same appeal, even with a second rounder instead of a third.

One would think both Nyquist and Tatar’s names came up when we were supposedly in discussions about acquiring Fowler when he was still available. If Kenny was unwilling to trade either, even with a sweetener, that ought to have been enough to can the guy. But who knows: maybe they only were interested in Larkin and Mantha and Kenny stopped talking.

 

Posted by Lefty30 on 11/30/17 at 11:14 AM ET

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Centers will be plentiful when Kesler and Getzlaff return.  You have Vermette, top face-off man and Henrique.  Plus Cogiano, so people will be moving to wing.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/30/17 at 11:18 AM ET

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No one has wanted Nyquist since the 14/15 season when he was supposed to fill the shoes of a Zetterberg-esque player.  Let’s just get that straight.  He has very little trade value. 

Tatar - he’s not the all-around player that they are getting in Henrique. 

Henrique is a well-rounded player who plays offense and defense effectively.  He plays the PP and the PK.  He’s like the Dremel of the tool set - he doesn’t do anything great, but he does a lot of things really well.

Posted by TreKronor on 11/30/17 at 11:18 AM ET

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That’s the point - that’s who we have to offer and it’s not good enough.

Smallish, streaky finesse wingers who aren’t versatile and don’t have a good playoff record
aren’t going to get you a legit top-four D, let alone a righty. Not even with a higher pick than NJ sent.

Posted by Lefty30 on 11/30/17 at 11:23 AM ET

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Posted by TreKronor on 11/30/17 at 11:18 AM ET

Looking at this comment, and looking at Henrique, Anaheim’s desire for a center, etc. the best option we had to send to them was AA. And he’s not even really a center….?

Z is too old. Nielsen is older, more expensive, signed for longer. Helm? LOL. Glenny…. no.

Larkin is probably untouchable for Kenny and most of the fan base.

Besides, gotta make the money work and Vatenen’s remaining cap hit is ~3.3 mil per capfriendly. So you’d need to dump salary.


How many of us would make a trade centered around Larkin for Vatanen?

 

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/30/17 at 11:30 AM ET

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That’s the point - that’s who we have to offer and it’s not good enough.

Smallish, streaky finesse wingers who aren’t versatile and don’t have a good playoff record
aren’t going to get you a legit top-four D, let alone a righty. Not even with a higher pick than NJ sent.

I was just commenting on another post that we might try enticing Columbus to give us one of their young D men, Gabriel Carlsson, in exchange for Nyquist, who I actually think could work well in the CBJ forward ranks.  Carlsson is not yet 21, 6’5”, projects as a defensive minded D who could be part of a first/second pair some day soon, and would slot in with our other young D prospects.  Hell, you could probably waive XO and bring him up right away.  He was in Columbus briefly as a #7.

Posted by duhduhduh on 11/30/17 at 11:32 AM ET

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Maybe we tried?

Did we ever figure out why there were so many scouts at the Griffins game?

Posted by dreamsofhope from Colorado on 11/30/17 at 11:49 AM ET

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Until the Wings have a bonafide top pair defensemen they have to keep trying to add defensemen who have the potential to grow into that role. I’m confident in saying there isn’t a single one on the roster now and only a couple in the minors have that potential.

Posted by evileye on 11/30/17 at 01:05 PM ET

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I’m sorry but Nyquist or Tatar are not going to yield a top 4 defenseman (one of the most valuable assets in the league).  I don’t even think adding a 1st rounder sweetens the pot enough to make it happen given this team’s trajectory towards the 10th to 15th overall pick.  Getting a stud D man is going to require parting with Larkin, Mantha or AA.  Which may not be the worse thing.

Posted by Steve1306 on 11/30/17 at 02:48 PM ET

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