The New Jersey Devils have traded Eric Gelinas to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for 2017 third round draft pick.
Eric Gelinas from NJ to Colorado for a 3rd round pick.#NHLTrade
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) February 29, 2016
Gelinas had played in 34 games for the Devils this season and in those had one goal and five assists for six points. He also had a +/- of -8, 16 PIM, and 45 shots on the season. The 24-year old defenseman had played all of his 156 career NHL games with New Jersey, adding 14 goals and 40 assists to his name in the process. He is, however, averaging his lowest TOI in the last three seasons, at 14:02 per game.
Gelinas is currently on a 2-year/$3.15 million contract, given to him by the Devils before the start of this season. The contract will see him become a restricted free agent after next season, and also carries a $1.575 million cap hit next year.
Gelinas was drafted with the 54th overall pick (2nd round) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. He played his junior hockey with the now defunct Lewiston Maineiacs of the QMJHL. He stands at 6’4″ and 215 pounds and will surely add some much needed depth to the second or third pairing of the Avalanche blue line.