Devils acquire defenseman Vatanen from Ducks for Henrique
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have acquired defenseman Sami Vatanen from the Anaheim Ducks for center Adam Henrique and forward Joseph Blandisi.
The teams announced the deal Thursday. New Jersey gets a conditional 2019 or 2020 third-round pick along with Vatanen and sent a 2018 third-round pick to Anaheim.
Even though he has a goal and three assists in 15 games this season, Vatanen gives the Devils the offensive defensemen they were looking for. The 26-year-old is signed for two more seasons at a salary-cap hit of $4.875 million.
In Henrique, the Ducks get center depth as they deal with injuries to Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler. The 27-year-old has four goals and 10 assists in 24 games this season and is signed through 2018-19.
The conditional pick is exchanged in 2019 if the Ducks sign Henrique prior to making their third-round pick at that draft and in 2010 if they sign him afterward. If they don’t re-sign Henrique, no pick is exchanged.
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