Big Deal! Islanders acquire Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from Devils

Mar 28, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) is congratulated at the bench after scoring against the Boston Bruins during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Palmieri has been traded as expected but the Islanders stepped it up a notch by also acquiring Travis Zajac. The Devils will also retain 50% of each players salary to help fit it into the cap.

Islanders acquire Palmieri and Zajac

Per the team’s release:

The New York Islanders have acquired forwards Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forwards A.J. Greer, Mason Jobst, the Islanders first round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and a conditional fourth round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. New Jersey agrees to retain 50% of both Palmieri and Zajac’s salaries.  

The move for the Islanders give them proven scoring depth as Palmieri has five 20 plus goal seasons under his belt. As for Zajac, his better days are behind him but he will certainly provide bottom six depth. They will both be UFA’s at the end of this season.

For New Jersey, the key to the deal is the Islanders first round pick. A.J. Greer is a solid mid-level prospect at 24 years of age who has 6 points in 37 NHL games and could find a home with the rebuilding Devils.

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