ALBANY, NY – The NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone and while the New Jersey Devils were active, none of their moves had an immediate impact on the Albany Devils. However, one trade of interest took place between Anahiem and Chicago involving Corey Tropp.
Tropp had been playing for Albany while on loan from Chicago. He was traded to the Ducks for Tim Jackman and a seventh-round pick during the 2017 NHL Draft. At the time of this post, Anaheim had not recalled the winger from Albany.
NJ Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero mentioned during a conference call Monday that Chicago had been in contact with Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald regarding a potential trade involving Tropp.
Former A-Devils Eric Gelinas and Stefan Matteau did get traded away from the organization. New Jersey acquired Colorado’ third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft in exchange for Gelinas. The team also acquired Devante Smith-Pelly from Montreal in exchange Matteau.
Gelinas spent parts of three seasons in the AHL between 2011-14. He had 64 points (23g-41a) in 145 games. Matteau played two full seasons with Albany between 2013-15. He registered 53 points (25g-28a) in 129 outings.
A few transactions did take place that will have an effect on Albany’s lineup come late April: New Jersey loaned and then immediate recalled Joseph Blandisi, Reid Boucher and Damon Severson to Albany. The moves make the three eligible for the Calder Cup Playoffs.
The only other trade New Jersey made Monday was receiving Boston’s fourth-round pick during the 2016 NHL Draft and second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft in exchange for Lee Stempniak. New Jersey also claimed David Warsofsky off waivers from Pittsburgh.