NEWARK, N.J. – The New Jersey Devils turn to youth by selling captain and defender Andy Greene to the islanders.
New Jersey acquired potential defender David Quenneville and the second round of islanders in the 2021 draft on Sunday, eight days before the NHL closes.
37-year-old Greene signed a $ 25 million five-year deal last year and was the longest serving active player in the Devils. He spent 14 seasons with New Jersey after being contracted as a vacant free agent at Miami (Ohio) University in 2006.
Greene became a fan favorite in New Jersey for his consistent gameplay and ability to block shots. He has 49 goals and 197 assists for 246 points in 932 games, ranking seventh on the Devils career list.
"Andy has been a foundation for the Devils franchise for the past 14 years and an exceptional leader in my time here," said Tom Fitzgerald, Devils Vice President and Interim General Manager, in a statement.
Fitzgerald added that he did not carelessly part with Greene by saying that he consulted with the player during the trade discussions.
Greene is moving from a Devils team, most recently in the Metropolitan Division, to the Islanders, who held the division's third playoff spot on Sunday.
Quenneville was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 New York design and still has to keep up with the offensive production he had with the Canadian juniors. He had 69 goals and 214 points in 250 games with Medicine Hat from the Western Hockey League.
Quenneville has divided the time between the islanders' AHL and ECHL partners in the past two seasons.