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Devils Win Three After Selling at Deadline

The Devils went into the trade deadline with a very inconsistent team, however the teams path had more or less been determined when starting goalie Dwayne Roloson got hurt for an extended time, and twice #1 D-man Sheldon Souray went out for month long or longer absences.  Between this, and little scoring for anyone besides Savard - GM Tousignant decided that selling was the best scenario at the deadline, and while guys like Kobasew and Grebeshkov could have moved for draft picks the team felt that they'd be better off just keeping the two players. Neither's got an overly huge cap hit and both could fill depth roles next year depending on how salaries for the rest of the team turns out.

The deal that the Devils did pull was moving Fabian Brunnstrom, Cory Stillman and a 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft to the Nashville Predators for prospects Luke Adam and Cody Goloubef, as well as salary dump Ruslan Salei. The Devils had originially targeted the prospect defenseman Goloubef as they are intriqued by his skillset and with a lack of defensive D in the system, they felt he could be a solid addition in a few years.  With guys like Kulikov, Gardiner and Moore, the team felt that along with Despres the team needed another potential shut down defenseman.  It's something the team has lacked on the pro squad outside of Hejda and management is anxious to get another one come free agency or trading this summer. Hejda has been a bright spot on an otherwise forgettable defensive core.

Luke Adam is the other prospect the team got is center prospect Luke Adam. The team has always been pretty weak up the middle, but now with pro players like Savard and Zajac and Backes, along with prospects like Bozak, Adam and Wilson the team is trying to change that.  Adam seems like a goal scoring center (he has 46 goals in the QMJHL) and with good size he could be a solid player for the Devils. While he isn't predicted right now to be a big scorer at the next level, between his combination of size and ability to put up points, the Devils hope that he can be a replacement for Brandon Dubinsky - so a solid defensive forward who has the ability to put up some points and go to the front of the net.

[img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2558/3855040563_02115dc38f.jpg[/img]So Nashville could do the trade, the Devils also took Salei from them who is making 2.8 million this year and next year. He's an ok defenseman, and the team see's him as maybe a #4 kind of guy, but the numbers he put up in Nashville are hard to look past. 66 games, 31 points and was an amazing +18. The Devils won't expect that kind of production from Salei but are hoping they can pair him and get the same kind of magic that Nashville did. So far it's working, as the 2 games he's played in - the Devils have won...and Salei has 3 points and is a +3.