Palmieri, Zajac traded to Islanders by Devils


Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac were traded to the New York Islanders by the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

New Jersey receives forwards A.J. Greer and Mason Jobst, a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Palmieri and Zajac can each become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Palmieri has scored 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 34 games this season and scored at least 24 goals in each of the prior five seasons. The 30-year-old forward is in the final season of a five-year contract he signed with the Devils on July 7, 2016.

Zajac has scored 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 33 games this season. The 35-year-old center is in the final season of an eight-year contract he signed with the Devils on Jan. 16, 2014.

Selected by the Devils in the first round (No. 20) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Zajac scored 550 points (202 goals, 348 assists) in 1,024 regular-season games for the Devils, and 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 57 playoff games.

His games played are fourth in New Jersey history, behind Ken Daneyko (1,283), Martin Brodeur (1,259) and Patrik Elias (1,240).

The Devils traded defenseman Andy Greene to the Islanders last Feb. 16 for a second-round pick in the 2021 draft and defenseman prospect David Quenneville.

Greene had played his entire 14-season NHL career with the Devils and was captain for five seasons. He played 923 regular-season games for New Jersey, seventh in its history.

Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello was Devils general manager from 1987-2015.

The Islanders (25-10-4) enter their home game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday tied for first place with the Washington Capitals in the MassMutual East Division.

The Devils (13-18-6) are seventh in the eight-team East, 14 points behind the Boston Bruins for fourth place with 19 games remaining. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The NHL Trade Deadline is April 12.

Greer scored six points in 37 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche. He has one goal and one assist in 10 games with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League this season.

Jobst has not played in the NHL and has two assists for Bridgeport this season.

Palmieri was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round (No. 26) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He has scored 355 points (183 goals, 172 assists) in 595 regular-season games with the Devils and Ducks, and 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 38 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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