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Zidlicky to make Devils debut Sunday

2/26/2012

Newly-acquired defenseman Marek Zidlicky will make his Devils debut Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Zidlicky, added by the Devils in a trade with Minnesota Friday, practiced with his new club for the first time Saturday and set he was excited about a fresh start with New Jersey.

The 35-year-old veteran, who publicly clashed with first-year Wild coach Mike Yeo this season, said he requested a trade from Minnesota and told GM Chuck Fletcher that the Devils were his first choice.

New Jersey sent back defenseman Kurtis Foster, forwards Nick Palmieri and Stephane Veilleux, and two picks to Minnesota in the deal.

Zidlicky joins a Devils' back end that has been hobbled by injuries of late. Henrik Tallinder's status (leg) for the remainder of the season remains up in the air, while rookie Adam Larsson will return for the first time since suffering a back injury February 2 in the Devils' 5-3 win over Montreal.