The Devils Trade Adam Henrique to the Ducks

The Devils Trade Adam Henrique to the Ducks


Center Adam Henrique, right, who was traded to Anaheim on Thursday, scored 20 or more goals three times in six full seasons with the Devils.

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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.”

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