Devils Trade Away Greene, Coleman

NJ Acquires 2 Draft Picks, 2 Prospects In Return

Ryan Chatelain
February 16, 2020 - 8:34 pm

The Devils' rebuild continued Sunday, as the team traded away longtime defenseman and captain Andy Greene as well as center Blake Coleman.

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A little more than a week before the NHL's Feb. 24 trade deadline, New Jersey dealt Greene to the Islanders in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and defenseman David Quenneville, who was assigned to Binghamton of the American Hockey League. A few hours later, the Devils shipped Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning for another prospect, left wing Nolan Foote, and a conditional 2020 first-round pick that originally belonged to Vancouver. 

New Jersey entered Sunday night's game against Columbus in last place in the Metropolitan Division at 21-26-10 (52 points). It has been a turbulent season for the Devils, who have seen their head coach, John Hynes, and general manager, Ray Shero, fired, and their biggest star, former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall, traded away as well. 

“I want to get better long term," Devils executive vice president and interim general manager Tom Fitzgerald. "That’s our goal. Not just a short fix in the next couple of years. We’re thinking big picture here. The future here is really bright.”

Greene, 37, was in his 14th season with the Devils, registering 49 goals and 197 assists for 246 points over his career. He ranks seventh in franchise history with 923 games played. 

Greene, who is set to become a free agent this summer, has skated in 53 games this season and has two goals and nine assists.

He waived his no-trade clause in order to join the Islanders, who are currently in third place in the Metropolitan Division at 33-18-6 (72 points). 

Blake Coleman, right, and Andy Greene of the New Jersey Devils
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“Andy has been a bedrock for the Devils franchise for the past 14 years and an exceptional leader in my time here,” Fitzgerald said in a news release. “I constantly communicated with Andy throughout this process to make sure he was comfortable with the decision, as it was not one I took lightly. We thank him for all that he’s done on and off the ice for the organization, and wish him, his wife, Rachel, and sons, Colton and Maddox all the best."

Coleman, 28, spent the past four seasons with New Jersey, playing in 237 games and registering 57 goals and 37 assists for 94 points. This season, he is tied for the team lead with 21 goals and also has 10 assists. 

Coleman is under contract through the 2020-21 season at $1.8 million per year.

Foote, 19, was the 27th overall pick in last year's draft by Tampa Bay. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is currently playing for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, where he has 15 goals and 18 assists in 26 contests. In December, he helped Canada win a gold medal at the World Junior Championships, producing three goals and two assists in seven games.

The first-round pick the Devils acquired would be delayed until 2021 if Vancouver fails to qualify for the playoffs this year.

Quenneville, 21, was a seventh-round pick by the Islanders in 2016 and has yet to play in the NHL.

The 5-foot-8, 190-pound defenseman skated in 18 games this season for Bridgeport, the Islanders’ AHL affiliate, and recorded one goal and five assists.

Quenneville is the cousin of Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville and brother of former Devils center John Quenneville and Peter Quenneville, a seventh-round draft pick by Columbus in 2013 who is playing in the East Coast Hockey League.