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Saturday, February 25, 2012
Burnside: Zidlicky a good fit for Devils

By Katie Strang

Facing a thinning market for defensemen to bolster his team's injury-addled blue line, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello gave up three players and two picks for Minnesota's Marek Zidlicky Friday night.

The 35-year-old Czech native, unhappy with his role in Minnesota and seemingly at odds with head coach Mike Yeo in recent weeks, provides depth and experience to a Devils' defensive corps currently without Henrik Tallinder (leg) and rookie Adam Larsson (back).

There are some concerns with Zidlicky -- a tenuous relationship with his former team, a $4 million cap hit for the remainder of this year and next, and a suspect shoulder -- but the four-time 40-point scorer and power-play quarterback might ultimately be a good fit for the Devils.

Read ESPN.com's Scott Burnside's analysis here.