Saturday, February 23, 2019

NHL trade review: Stars acquire Lovejoy

From Sports Illustrated


              The Dallas Stars have acquired defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Connor Carrick and a 2019 third round draft pick.

               For the Stars, Lovejoy is a bottom pairing defenseman who blocks shots and hits. For a team looking to make their way into the playoffs, Lovejoy is a good fit. He is also a veteran with playoff experience.

                Lovejoy, 35, has scored two goals and five assists for seven points in 51 games for the Devils this year, with 77 blocked shots and 59 hits as well. The best season of his career came in 2013-14 with the Anaheim Ducks, when he scored five goals with 13 assists for 18 points in 78 games, averaging 19:24 minutes a game, with 150 blocked shots and 210 hits. In his NHL career for the Devils, Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins, Lovejoy has scored 20 goals and 79 assists for 99 points in 524 games, with 825 blocked shots and 929 hits.

                 For the Devils, they are way out of  playoff spot this year, and have been rumored to be shopping their rentals, Lovejoy and Marcus Johansson. In this trade, they get Carrick, a younger defenseman who will play in the NHL and take Lovejoy's spot, and a third round pick, a decent haul for Lovejoy.

                  Carrick, 24, has scored one goal and three assists for four points in 14 games for the Stars this season. His best year came with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2017-18, when he scored four goals with eight assists for 12 points in 47 games. In his career for the Stars, Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals, Carrick has scored 10 goals with 24 assists for 34 points in 181 games.

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