Devils trade Coleman to Lightning for Nolan Foote and first round pick


In a trade that just broke, the Devils have sent forward Blake Coleman packing to Tampa Bay. Darren Dreger broke the news on Twitter. The details quickly followed.

That’s a haul for a good player which Coleman is. He definitely should help the Lightning, who have been on fire lately. They’re going for it. So, it makes sense. They parted with forward prospect Nolan Foote. Only 19, he’s one of the sons of former NHL defenseman Adam Foote. He had three goals and two assists for Canada in winning the gold medal at the World Junior Championship.

The Lightning took the younger brother of defense prospect Cal Foote in the first round of last year’s NHL Draft. He went number 27. The Devils did quite well today getting a first round pick, a second for Andy Greene, and a former first round draft pick in Foote for Coleman.

They have just sped up their rebuild. Coleman is on a great contract with an average cap hit of $1.8 million through 2021. The 28-year old has totaled 43 goals when you combine last year and this one. He had 21 goals with 10 assists in 57 contests this season. A solid penalty killer, Coleman has nine shorthanded goals since ’17-18. He has three this year.

Coleman definitely is a good addition for the Lightning, who seem more equipped to win the Stanley Cup this time. Adding the hard checking Coleman to Anthony Cirelli, Ondrej Palat, Yanni Gourde, Pat Maroon and Cedric Paquette makes them much tougher to play against. With headliners Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point, Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Bolts now look like the clear favorite to win the Cup.

It’s a great job from interim Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald and Martin Brodeur to get the strong return they did for two expendable players that weren’t going to be in Newark long-term. My guess is they’ll look to lock up leading finisher Kyle Palmieri this summer and make him the next captain. If not, they can get a lot back for him. Especially if Lou Lamoriello comes calling for either him or Travis Zajac.

I’m sure Hasan will have more. The Devils lead the Blue Jackets 3-2 after two periods.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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2 Responses to Devils trade Coleman to Lightning for Nolan Foote and first round pick

  1. hasan4978 says:

    I’ll definitely add more now…once I can put my thoughts about this wild day into some form of order 😛

    Liked by 1 person

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