A right wing? What the fuck is a right wing? From the looks of the Devils depth chart I thought that position was abolished from the league years ago!
Ray Shero, you sly creepy looking Devil, no pun intended. Maybe I am actually starting to come around on you after all. Basically flipping the picks obtained in the Jagr trade for a young Jersey kid with the potential to put up 25 goals a season if put in the right situation. I do not hate this one bit. The Devils acquired a cost controlled player that hasn't reached his full potential, yet isn't a complete unknown in terms of what he can offer. Can only imagine the .5 PPG clip he was scoring at while playing as a 3rd liner in Anaheim will go up as he is capable of instantly sliding right into a top 6 spot on the Devils roster.
The best part about this trade is that Palmieri is 24 years old. No matter how impatient Devils fans may be, the team is in it for the long haul. It's not about what Palmieri can provide for this team next year, it's what he can provide as he grows with the youth that the Devils are incorporating into the franchise. Hopefully the days of overpaying 30-somethings to underperform are over. This is the type of move that will change the culture of this franchise, and it's a culture that has needed changing since Parise and the Communist walked out that door. It's time to get younger. It's time to get faster. God dammit, it's time to start acquiring players for that they can potentially be, instead of what they already are. Welcome home Kyle!!!
P.S. I won't address the Beleskey situation too much, because it's speculation. However, if the rights to negotiating with him help to get him in a Devils jersey cheaper than had he hit unrestricted free agency than I am on board with that as well. Really, that would just be a bonus, because this is a great trade in and of itself.
P.P.S. Such a Lou move to wait until coverage has ended to announce a trade. Shero, you learn well, my son.