NOVEMBER 30, 2017 | 9:49am ET
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DUCKS TRADE VATANEN TO DEVILS FOR HENRIQUE

 
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Sami Vatanen, defenceman

 
 

The Anaheim Ducks have traded defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round draft pick to the New Jersey Devils for center/left wing Adam Henrique, center Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 third-round draft pick.

If Henrique signs a contract extension with the Ducks before the 2019 NHL Draft, the Ducks will send the Devils a 2019 third-round draft pick. If he signs an extension after the 2019 NHL Draft, the Ducks will send New Jersey a 2020 third-round pick. If Henrique does not re-sign with the Ducks after his contract expires, no draft pick will be sent to the Devils.

"In acquiring Sami, we bring on a right shot, top-four defenseman who can play in all situations," said Devils GM Ray Shero. "This move also gives us contract certainty on the back end for the next two-plus years. When acquiring a defenseman like Vatanen, you have to give back quality assets or players in return. That is the case in this situation with Adam and Joe. 

"Adam has been a key member of our organization for nearly ten years since he was drafted. His contributions both on and off the ice will always be appreciated by our organization and fans. For Joe, this is a great opportunity with a quality organization like Anaheim and I am happy for him."

Vatanen, 26, picked up one goal and three assists in 15 games with Anaheim. He missed the first nine games of the season recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. 

In 280 career NHL games, to date, he registered 33 goals and 93 assists for 126 points.

The native of Jyvaskyla, Finland, was Anaheim's fifth selection (fourth round), and the 106th overall choice in the 2009 NHL Draft. 

Henrique, 27, collected four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in 24 games with the Devils this season.

The 2012 Calder Trophy Finalist has played in 455 career NHL games with New Jersey, posting 122 goals and 135 assists for 257 points, with 144 penalty minutes (PIM).

Henrique was selected by New Jersey in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. 

Blandisi, 23, has collected eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points with 60 PIM in 68 career NHL games with New Jersey. 

He had spent the season, thus far, with Binghamton of the AHL, tallying three goals and 11 assists for 14 points and 24 penalty minutes in 19 games.