Timo Meier, the 26-year-old star right wing formerly of the San Jose Sharks, heads to the New Jersey Devils, along with Timur Ibragimov, Scott Harrington, Santeri Hatakka, Zachary Emond and a fifth-round pick in 2024. NHL Draft, the team announced Sunday night.
Like many other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Devils made a blockbuster trade in hopes of reaching the Stanley Cup.
New Jersey is sending San Jose a conditional first-round pick in 2023, a conditional second-round pick in 2024 — Shakir Mukhamadullin, Nikita Okhotiuk, Fabian Zetterlund and Andreas Johnsson.
The Sharks will also retain 50% of Meier’s remaining salary for the 2022-23 season.
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Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald has spoken at length about the addition of Meier, which he considers «a huge boost» for his club.
«It feels great when you can add such a young talent like Timo to the group that we have and how young we are and really, with the path we’re on, it’s super exciting. It really is,» he said via Devils TV. from New Jersey.
«Here we are third overall in the league and when you acquire players to help your team improve in certain areas, it’s a huge boost. I know that personally.»
San Jose has been shaky, but Meier has been a light in the darkness surrounding the Sharks. He has 31 goals and 21 assists for 52 points in 57 games this season, which is why he was a prime trade candidate at the deadline.
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He burst onto the scene as a 20-year-old in 2016, but would make a name for himself in 2018 when he scored 66 points (30 goals, 36 assists) in 78 games for San Jose, becoming a key member of their forward group.
Of the loot the Sharks are receiving, Mukhamadullin is the most interesting, as he was one of New Jersey’s three first-round picks in the 2020 NHL Draft. He was 20th overall and has done well playing in the KHL. (Russia) with Salavat Yulaev Ufa. Okhotiuk has also seen a cup of coffee with the Devils, playing in 15 games with two goals and one assist.
Zetterlund has spent the entire season with the Devils, totaling six goals and 14 assists in 45 games.
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New Jersey now joins teams like the Boston Bruins (Dmitry Orlov, Garnet Hathaway), New York Rangers (Vladimir Tarasenko, potentially Patrick Kane) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Ryan O’Reilly, Noel Acciari) as teams in the East. who have strengthened their rosters ahead of the playoffs.