|2018 Season||July 1st, 2018|
|Adam Henrique||F||27||24||4||14||$4 mil||1||$4 mil|
|2018 3rd Round Draft Pick|
|To New Jersey||POS||Age||GP||G/W||Points||Cap||Years||Cap|
|Sami Vatanen||D||26||15||1||5||$4.875 mil||2||$4.875 mil|
|Conditional 3rd Round Draft Pick|
We have a trade to announce! No, not in the hockey pool, I haven't been able to work trades into the pool, so we'll just have to suffice with the trades that go on in the league.
The Anaheim Ducks have acquired forwards Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi, as well as a 3rd round pick, from the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Sami Vatanen and another 3rd round pick (albeit conditional) going the other way.
With the Ducks losing forward depth with Patrick Eaves to his illness and Ryan Getzlaf still on the shelf with his injury, they needed to add some right away and they used their defensive depth in order to get some. Adding Henrique should give them some versatility, as he can give him some presence both at centre and at wing.
The Devils are in the running for a playoff spot this season and they were certainly able to address one of their concerns on the blueline, adding a power play specialist in Vatanen to the mix. Vatanen got off to a later start this season, due to a shoulder injury, but it has already started to pick up for him.
Wilton sees his forward head west to the sunny skies of Anaheim and there is certainly some potential for some added offense, joining the likes of Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg right now, awaiting the return of Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler. In the Waiver Draft this week, Jeremy snapped up Vatanen, thinking that he would be operating their power play, so it will be a period of adjustment for him joining a new team, but one with certainly some potential in their youth. Jeremy was already going to see gains from the drop of Jonas Brodin in Minnesota, but now the gains have the potential to be really great.