Devils get D Marek Zidlicky from Wild

Updated: February 25, 2012, 7:51 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

The New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the Minnesota Wild Friday night and sent defenseman Kurtis Foster and forwards Nick Palmieri and Stephane Veilleux to the Wild in the deal.

The Devils also shipped a previously acquired second-round 2012 draft pick and a conditional 2013 pick to Minnesota in the trade.

Zidlicky, unhappy with his role in Minnesota, waived his no-trade clause to accept the trade. The disgruntled 35-year-old Czech has 14 assists in 41 games for the Wild this season but has been vocal about his lack of ice time in recent weeks.

After being scratched for three games last month, Zidlicky was critical of Wild coach Mike Yeo and made it clear he did not mesh with Yeo's style of play.

"He wants to play easy hockey," Zidlicky told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I tried everything what he wants, but apparently it doesn't work."

Zidicky, who has one year remaining on a three-year, $12 million deal, was benched again recently as speculation swirled that Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher was looking to send him packing.

Foster, who was scratched for an undisclosed reason before Friday's game between the Devils and Vancouver Canucks, was acquired via trade with the Anaheim Ducks in December and played in only 28 games with New Jersey.

He heads back to Minnesota, where he spent four seasons with the Wild from 2005 to 2009.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPNNewYork.com.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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