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#1 OFFLINE   kmart890

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:46 PM

The New Jersey Devils reacquired forward Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday for two draft picks.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello announced the trade Wednesday night. New Jersey sent a seventh-round draft pick this year and a fourth-round pick in 2014 to Winnipeg to for the player who helped the Devils to an Eastern Conference title last spring.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:46 PM

WOOOOOOOOO
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:22 AM

:lol2:

I just had to. No real reason for it. I just had to.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:29 AM

He just didn't look very good in Winnipeg, looked better a Devil, nice steal for the Devils.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

He’s wearing the same number, dressing in almost the same locker stall, most of his teammates are the same and he’s even sliding into a lineup spot he’s familiar with.

No wonder Alexei Ponikarovsky had kind of a déjà vu feeling this morning when he arrived at Prudential Center to rejoin the Devils after being reacquired in a trade with Winnipeg Wednesday night.

“Everything kind of flashed back,” said Ponikarovsky, who has reclaimed the No. 12 he wore last season with the Devils. “I knew the team that I’m coming to play for and I know the system and everything and it was just that feeling that I never left when I got back. So, it’s all in the memories right now and the guys were pretty happy to see me and me the same way as well. So, it’s all good.”

Adding to that been-here-before feeling is that Ponikarovsky’s first game back with the Devils will be against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. His first game as a Devil last season after being acquired in a trade with Carolina also was against the Flyers on Jan. 21, 2012 and he scored the lone goal in a 4-1 loss.

“It was Flyers too, so it’s kind of a coincidence,” he said. “I don’t know what you call it, but whoever we play doesn’t matter.”

Ponikarovsky, who signed with Winnipeg as an unrestricted free agent last summer, will play tonight on a line with Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk. That trio also played together during the Devils’ Eastern Conference semifinal series against Philadelphia last season and Ponikarovsky scored the winning overtime goal in Game 3 of that series.

“We’ve obviously been experimenting with some different people there,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “I think he’s a complementary guy to those type of players – Travis and Kovy. He’s a big body, he can create room for them, he can skate with them and, hopefully, it works.”


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:55 PM

Also per F&I, it's his turn to skate with Zajac and Kovy.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:57 PM

I really liked that deal by the Devils.
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

Nice!!!!!!!!!! How did I miss this?!
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

Nice deal for NJ. The puck was moving in the right direction with Ponikarovsky on the ice; one hell of a lot better than a 7th round pick has ever been able to do.

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