Islanders land Palmieri and Zajac from striking Devils ahead of trade deadline

Islanders land Palmieri and Zajac from striking Devils ahead of trade deadline

The New York Islanders acquired veteran forwards Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils as part of a deadline change to improve their Stanley Cup chances.

The teams announced the deal on Wednesday night with the Devils securing the Islanders’ first-round pick this year, a conditional fourth-round pick next year, and forwards AJ Greer and Mason Jobst. The deadline for exchanges is Monday.

New Jersey will pay half the wages of Zajac and Palmieri.

Palmieri, who hasn’t played since last weekend and will be a free agent after this season, gives the Islanders a proven scorer to help Anders Lee come out for the season with a knee injury. The 30-year-old Long Island native has scored at least 24 goals in each of his first five seasons with the Devils. He’s started slowly this year and has eight games in 34 games.

Zajac, who has spent his entire career with the Devils, recently played his 1,000th regular season game. The 35-year-old can do it all from winning face-offs to scoring and killing penalties.

Jobst was the Islanders’ 2021 NHL first-round pick.

Greer currently plays for AHL’s Bridgeport, where he has one goal and one assist in 10 games. In 37 career NHL games, the 24-year-old left winger has recorded one goal and five assists.

New Jersey now has nine picks in the 2021 NHL Draft. The club have their own picks in rounds one, three, four and six; first and second rank Islanders; Buffalo fifth round pick and Arizona third and seventh round picks.

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