New Jersey Devils & Vancouver Canucks Complete Trade

The New Jersey Devils add to their depth for a cheap price.

The Vancouver Canucks have traded forward Curtis Lazar to the Devils for a fourth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.

Lazar was activated off the injured reserve on Thursday, after being sidelined since Feb. 15 with a lower-body injury.

The twenty-eight-year-old is in his 10th season, and has functioned in a fourth-line role for the Canucks this campaign, amassing three goals, five points, 49 blocks and 124 hits through 45 games this season.

Lazar was a former top prospect with the Ottawa Senators after they drafted him 17th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. However, since then, the forward has bounced around several teams, never managing to record more than 20 points in a season.

Still, Lazar is a gritty, hard-working forward and should settle into a similar role that he had with Vancouver, providing some nice depth and physicality come playoff time.

The Devils are enjoying a fantastic season, currently 40-15-5, sitting in second place in the Metropolitan division, one point behind the Carolina Hurricanes.
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