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Devils Make a Small But Important Move

Posted By Jordan DiRisio On Dec 12 2011 @ 6:33 pm In New Jersey Devils | 1 Comment

The Devils have traded D Mark Fraser C Rod Pelley and a 7th round draft pick to Anaheim for G Timo Pielmeier and D Kurtis Foster.

The trade seems small but is definitely a good move for the Devils who have sorely lacked backend scoring this year. Foster doesn’t bring an elite offensive skill set, but more than any other Devils’ D except Larsson.

The players the Devils lost are no surprise Pelley has been mightily disappointing thought to be like a John Madden he has done little to establish himself in the NHL and in the preseason word in the system was that Brad Mills was playing that role better than Pelley. Mark Fraser hasn’t been terrible but a necessary loss for an upgrade in puck moving defensive ability.

This move could make a very positive difference to the Devils power play as now Kovalchuk will probably move down the left wing wall and either Foster or Larsson will man that point and Kovalchuk can cycle in when possible for the one-timer. What would be really impressive would be if when he did that either Foster or Larsson would go in front occasionally a la Chris Pronger.

Definitely a necessary move for the Devils and it should help the power play and when Andy Greene is healthy we could actually have half of a defense that is offensively competent.

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