NEWARK — The Devils acquired defenseman Sami Vatanen in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday in exchange for center Adam Henrique and forward Joseph Blandisi.
The Devils get a conditional 2019 or 2020 third-round pick along with Vatanen. The Devils also sent a 2018 third-round pick to Anaheim.
Even though he has only a goal and three assists in 15 games this season, Vatanen, 26, gives the Devils the offensive defensemen they were looking for. He is signed for two more seasons at a salary-cap hit of $4.875 million.
“It’s a good deal for both teams that we both had needs to fill,” Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said on a conference call. “Hopefully this one works out for both teams.”
Vatanen has 126 points in 280 regular-season N.H.L. games.
“In acquiring Sami, we bring on a right shot, top-four defenseman who can play in all situations,” Devils G.M. Ray Shero said. “This move also gives us contract certainty on the back end for the next two-plus years.”