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Devils Trade For Skoula, Remain Quite On The Deadline

The Devils added veteran Martin Skoula to their blue line today, acquiring the defenseman from Toronto for a fifth round pick in this year’s draft.

This moves comes as a bit of a head scratcher. With better defenseman available at the deadline, general manager Lou Lamoriello made a questionable move. Skoula, who tallied three goals and eight assists in 33 games for Pittsburgh this year, seems to be an average defenseman. It seems like the Devils defense is littered with average defenseman (Mike Mottau and Colin White, to name a few), and Skoula doesn’t present an immediate upgrade. I think Mark Fraser fits better on the blue line than Skoula can.

Skoula signed a one-year, $575,000 deal with Pittsburgh this year. The 12 year veteran previously played for Anaheim, Dallas and Minnesota. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Lamoriello didn’t know when Skoula would join the team because his wife is pregnant and close to her due date.

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Also, David Clarkson denied reports he asked to be traded. Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reported that Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet in Canada reported Clarkson asked to be traded earlier in the season. Clarkson vehemently denied the report.

“No,” Clarkson told Gulitti. “I love it here. Mr. (Lou Lamoriello) has been golden to me. I want to stay here the rest of my career”

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Here are some players who changed locations today:

Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky traded to the Ducks; Defenseman Ryan Whitney and 2010 sixth round draft pick traded to the Oilers

Defenseman Joe Corvo traded to the Capitals; Defenseman Brian Pothier, forward Oskar Osala and 2011 second round pick traded to the Hurricanes

Defenseman Milan Jurcina traded to the Blue Jackets, 2010 sixth round conditional pick traded to Capitals.

Defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski traded to the Bruins; Right-wingers Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and a second-round draft pick

Forward Wojtek Wolski traded to Coyotes; Forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter traded to Avalanche

Forward Matt D’Agostini traded to the Blues; Forward Aaron Palushaj traded to Montreal

Left-Winger Alex Ponikarovsky traded to Penguins; Defenseman Martin Skoula and forward Luca Caputi traded to Maple Leafs

Defenseman Nick Boynton traded to Blackhawks for future considerations from Anaheim

Defenseman Andy Sutton traded to Senators; second-round pick (2010) traded to Islanders

Those are just some of the trades from the deadline. For all trades, check out NHL.com. Check out The Devils Den later tonight for a full recap of the most active teams and some winners/losers of the trade deadline.

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  1. July 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

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