Devils Set Sights On Rebuilding In Wake Of Departing Talent

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The harsh reality of the Devils being resigned to finish out the season with little to play for hit home for defenseman Damon Severson in the wake of New...
BUFFALO, N.Y.: Jersey trading key forwards Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac to the New York Islanders.

It obviously (stinks) the position that were in in the standings and the way the season has gone, Severson said Thursday, a day after the trade was completed. I think guys understand where were at. We understand were in a rebuild a little bit here. And hopefully we can speed that up.

Though the trade didnt come as a surprise, with Palmieri and Zajac both completing the final years of their contracts, the deal formally began shifting the Devils focus toward the future beyond this season.

New Jersey acquired two draft picks, including the Islanders first-round selection this year, as well as minor-league forwards A.J. Greer and Mason Jobst.

The move came in advance of the NHLs trading deadline on Monday, and with the Devils sitting seventh in the East Division standings and 14 points out of contention with 19 games remaining before their game at Buffalo later in the day.

New Jersey is 0-2-2 in its past four with one win in its past seven (1-4-2).

Zajac, a valuable two-way center, was in his 15th season with New Jersey, while Palmieri is…
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