Lightning acquires Devils’ Blake Coleman

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired forward Blake Coleman on Sunday night. In exchange, the New Jersey Devils received forward prospect Nolan Foote. 

Also, the Devils received a conditional 2020 first-round draft pick. The draft pick was previously acquired by the Lightning in a deal with the Vancouver Canucks.

Blake Coleman (Getty Images)

This is the second trade by New Jersey today. They previously shipped defenseman Andy Greene to the New York Islanders for David Quenneville and a draft pick. 

“This transaction allows us to acquire two key pieces in continuing to build this team around our foundational cornerstones,” Devils Executive Vice President/Interim General Manager Tom Fitzgerald said. “Foote is a big, physical winger, with an excellent shot and great offensive instincts, especially on the power play.  He will complement our young forward group for a long time.”

Tampa Bay will be responsible for Coleman’s remaining $1.8 million salary. He is also scheduled to make $1.8 million next season, as well, before becoming a free agent. 

Coleman spent four seasons with the Devils before this trade. He last suited up for New Jersey in a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on February 14th. 

He had two PIM in 18 minutes and 48 seconds against the Hurricanes. 

This season, he has scored 21 goals and had 10 assists for 31 points in 57 games. He also has -2 +/- and 40 PIM. 

Throughout his Devils career, he has scored 57 goals and assisted on 37 goals for 94 points in 237 games. He also has a -21 +/- and 188 PIM. 

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