3 Potential Trade Destinations for Devils' Kyle Palmieri

While Kyle Palmieri did take the morning skate on Tuesday with his New Jersey Devils teammates before their matchup with the Buffalo Sabres, it's expected he will once again not be dressing in the game. The team held him out of their last contest over the weekend as management tries to finalize a trade for the 30-year-old who holds modified no-trade protection to eight teams.

Palmieri's camp and the Devils tried to make one last ditch effort to agree on a contract extension but it appears the two sides could not come to terms and the team has now shifted their focus to completing a deal.

3 Teams Who Could Acquire Kyle Palmieri

New York Islanders

The Islanders appear to be the front runner as they have a glaring hole on the wing with Anders Lee out with injury and they will be able to afford Palmieri's contract on their books. This is also a team that's very familiar with the player and would be comfortable adding him into their mix. It's all going to come down to cost and we will have to wait and see what 'Uncle Lou' feels like spending at this season's trade deadline.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins would need to move a little bit of money out to make a deal work and Jake DeBrusk would likely be the player shipped out. This would give the Devils someone to insert into their top-9 and the Bruins would be landing a winger who is a proven scorer with lots left in the tank. Palmieri would fit in perfectly on the team's second-line and could provide the Bruins with some much needed secondary scoring for the playoffs.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avs are going all-in this season and are expected to be adding at least one more piece at the trade deadline. They can easily fit in Palmieri to their group, and general manager Joe Sakic has the assets to meet the demands of the Devils of at least one high draft pick and one prospect. 

While there's still an outside chance a contract extension gets completed, at this point it appears Palmieri will be traded out of town. Keep an eye on Boston, New York and Colorado as all three will be in the mix.

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