What New Jersey Gets
New Jersey gets an outstanding puck moving right shot defenseman who will be able to get the puck to the forwards at high speed. The acquisition fills a huge need for New Jersey and should enable their high end forward talent to thrive even further this year. Ray Shero has done a remarkable job so far in New Jersey and this trade just adds to his resume.
What Anaheim Gets
Anaheim receives much needed relief for their current injury situation. Adam Henrique will be able to fill in during the injuries to Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kelser. When they return from injury Anaheim will boast one of the deepest rosters at the center position. They also receive Joseph Blandisi who, despite being a 6th round pick, is showing the ability to be a very good bottom six forward.
Frankly, this is a rare case of everyone winning. Both teams traded from a position of strength to address a position of weakness. Both GM’s deserve kudos for making a hockey trade. A true rarity in todays NHL of salary caps and GM’s who are too scared to pull the trigger on a deal.