The New Jersey Devils have announced that they have acquired St. Louis Blues forward Matt D’Agostini.
The deal included the Blues sending D’Agostini accompanied by a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, in return the Devils sent a conditional fifth round pick in that same year.
D’Agostini is a 6-foot 198-pound right winger with a feisty attitude that should fit well in the Devils system. He is reported to have good positioning, awareness, speed, and is always in the middle of the action.
The deal benefits both ends in the deal. The Devils acquire a new, young face to add depth to the forwards on the team. For the Blues, it clears 1.8 million dollars off of their salary cap. However, he is scheduled to be a restricted free agent after the completion of the 2013 season.
The Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello did not say that he was done making moves prior to the April 3rd trade deadline.
D’Agostini will be in New Jersey in time for Saturday nights game against the Florida Panthers. It will be a game time decision for Pete DeBoer whether or not to play him. In order to clear space for D’Agostini on the 23-man roster, the Devils have returned Harri Pesonen back to Albany.