The two most notable players involved in the trade are a pair of former Wild players; Kurtis Foster and Stephane Veilleux. The third player is prospect Nick Palmieri. The draft picks are the Washington Capitals’ second round pick, previously acquired by the Devils, in the 2012 draft and a conditional third round pick in the 2013 draft.
Foster, a 6-foot-5-inch, 225-pound 30-year-old defenseman from Carp, Ontario, played for the Wild from the 2005-06 season through the 2008-09 season. He has four goals and 10 assists in 37 games this season. He was slated to return Friday from a back injury that had him sidelined since Feb. 17.
Veilleux, a 6-foot-1-inch, 200-pound 30-year-old left wing from Beauceville, Ontario, was drafted in the third round by Wild in the 2001 draft. He played for the Wild through the 2008-09 season. He has spent most of the season with the Devils’ AHL affiliate in Albany, NY. He played one game for the Devils and had 11 goals and 11 assists in 40 games for Albany.
Palmieri, a 6-foot-3-inch, 220-pound 22-year-old right wing from Utica, New York, was originally drafted by the Devils in the third round of the 2007 draft. He has four goals and three assists in 29 games this season. He is in his rookie season, but has played parts of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons as well.
Foster and Veilleux will be unrestricted free agents and Palmieri will be a restricted free agent this summer.
The Wild will receive the conditional third round draft pick in 2013 if two things happen; 1) the Devils have to make the Eastern Conference finals and 2) Zidlicky plays 75 percent of the Devils’ games in the first and second round of the 2012 playoffs. The Devils enter Friday as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff tree, but are tied with the Boston Bruins for the second most points in the East.