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New Jersey Devils Make Short-Term Fix With Trade

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The New Jersey Devils needed help offensively with Dainius Zubrus going down after having wrist surgery. New Jersey pulled the trigger on re-acquiring Alexei Ponikarvosky to fill the void. Ponikarvorsky was in New Jersey last season and had seven goals in 33 games but left via free agency this offseason. It is one of those moves where New Jersey had to get someone while Zubrus was out and Ponikarvorsky was their guy.

The Devils have started this 2013 National Hockey League season at 8-2-3 and with the talent all around the Eastern Conference, making this trade brings an offensive weapon to New Jersey. The Devils have the goaltending to hold the team up for as long as possible but if players like Patrik Elias don’t keep scoring the way they have early on, making this trade for Ponikarovsky isn’t going to make much difference at all.

New Jersey is a team that depends a ton of their goalie play and while they have that covered, this trade for Ponikarovsky allows the team to put another offensive force on the ice that can score the occasional goal. I’m not sure that New Jersey has the firepower to make a run at the Stanley Cup but getting a player that is already familiar with the system does help. I’m sure the Devils will keep Ponikarovsky in their active lineup as well when Zubrus gets back and it didn’t cost much in the trade. This seems like a win-win trade for New Jersey as they try to make one more playoff run.

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