The New Jersey Devils have acquired forward Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Joe Sova and a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.
This is a good depth move for Devils GM Lou Lamoriello. It adds some much needed size and grit to the third line. It’s a typical under the radar Lamoriello move.
Ponikarovsky is 6′ 4″ 226lbs and immediately upgrades the Bottom half of the line-up. The big left winger had seven goals and eight assists in 48 games with Carolina. But his 88 hits speak to the physicality is his game. A much needed lift for New Jersey.
New Jersey can now send the struggling Mattias Tedenby down to Albany of the AHL. I like this move a lot. It could turn out to be one of those small moves that ends up paying dividends for the Devils.
Snow is expected in the Newark area overnight so it’s not known if Ponikarovsky will make in time for Saturdays game with the Philadelphia Flyers.
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