Palmieri is 22 years old and should be able to improve his game and be a regular starter in the NHL for many years. Kurtis Foster is 30 years old and a big guy but is not a top defenseman and I don’t expect his career to last much longer. You have to feel sorry for the guy because
Zidlicky is a very good offensive defenseman, although he is 35 years old. He did not get along with
coach Mike Yeo, and subsequently waived his no-trade clause. The trade had to
happen for the good of the team. Zidlicky should feel extremely comfortable
going to Minnesota because
Patrik Elias has known him since they were 14 years old and they have played hockey
together on Czech national teams. Elias is also 35 years old and still playing
very well. Both Zidlicky and Elias will be unrestricted free agents after next
season so the Devils will have them at least for the rest of this year and next
year. After that who knows and it will be interesting to see. New Jersey
Who got the best deal in this trade?
All said, this trade will likely prove beneficial for both teams, the Devils immediately and the Wild probably later.