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Czech Out: Marek Zidlicky to the Devils in Huge Deal

During tonight's game with Dallas, the Marek Zidlicky era with the Minnesota Wild came to an end. He was traded to the New Jersey Devils for Kurtis Foster, Stephane Veilleux, Nick Palmieri, the Devils' 2012 second round selection and the Devils' 2013 3rd round (conditionally).

Let's give a warm welcome back to Kurtis Foster and Stephane Veilleux.

Wonder if we'll get to see more of this?

Foster and Veilleux are unrestricted free agents at the end of the season and the third round pick are conditional on the Devils making the Eastern Conference finals, so it's really about Nick Palmieri and the second round pick.

We'll have a "Meet Nick Palmieri" post either later tonight or tomorrow, so stay tuned. In the mean time, know that Palmieri is a big kid (6'3" 220) and only 22, so he'll likely be looking at a third line position either now or in the near future as he progresses.

Here's the release from Wild PR


SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired D Kurtis Foster, RW Nick Palmieri, LW Stephane Veilleux, a second round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional third round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for D Marek Zidlicky.

Foster, 30 (11/24/81), has notched 14 points (4-10=14) including 11 on the power play (2-9=11) in 37 games with the Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils this season. He recorded two points (1-1=2) in nine games with the Ducks before being traded to New Jersey on Dec. 12. In 28 contests with the Devils, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound native of Carp, Ontario recorded 12 points (3-9=12). Foster has tallied 155 points (41-114=155) including 94 power play points (19-75=94) in 368 career games with Atlanta, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Edmonton, Anaheim and New Jersey. He scored 76 points (21-55=76) and 155 PIM in 181 games with the Wild from 2005-09. Foster was selected by Calgary in the second round (40th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Palmieri, 22 (7/12/89), has tallied seven points (4-3=7) and 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 29 games with New Jersey this season. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Utica, New York owns 25 points (13-12=25) in 78 career NHL games with the Devils. He recorded 17 points (8-9=17) in 43 games with New Jersey in 2010-11 and ranked first on the team in goals and second in scoring amongst rookies. Palmieri has notched 11 points (5-6=11) in 26 games with Albany. He skated also skated for Team USA at the 2011 World Champion and registered three points (2-1=3) in six games. Palmieri was selected by New Jersey in the third round (79th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Veilleux, 30 (11/16/81), has collected 22 points (11-11=22) including four power-play goals and 53 penalty minutes (PIM) in 40 games with the Albany Devils (AHL) this season. He has also skated in one game with the New Jersey Devils this season at Buffalo on Feb. 14. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of St. Georges de Beauce, Quebec was originally selected by the Wild in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He recorded 90 points (43-47=90) and 254 PIM in 361 career games during six seasons with the Wild (2002-09). Veilleux ranks eighth on the franchise's all-time games played list and 11th in PIM. He has recorded 99 points (46-53=99) and 302 penalty minutes (PIM) in 439 career NHL games with Minnesota, Tampa Bay and New Jersey.

Zidlicky, 34 (2/3/77), recorded 14 assists in 41 games with Minnesota this season and collected 123 points (25-97=122) in 241 games in four seasons with the Wild. The 5-foot-11, 187-pound native of Most, Czech Republic, owns 298 points (60-238=298) in 548 career NHL games during eight seasons with Nashville and the Wild.