Devils deal first-round pick Stefan Matteau to Montreal
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have traded former first-round pick Stefan Matteau to the Montreal Canadiens for forward Devante Smith-Pelly.
The Devils announced the move on Monday, almost two hours after the NHL trading deadline expired, and it was a clear sign they had made a mistake in taking Matteau with the 29th pick overall in 2012.
The 22-year-old Matteau, the son of former Rangers nemesis Stephane Matteau, had one goal in 20 games this season, and finished his career in New Jersey with three goals and two assists in 44 games.
Smith-Pelly had six goals and six assists in 46 games with the Canadiens this season. The 23-year-old was a second-round pick by Anaheim in 2010. He was traded to Montreal a little more than a year ago.
Smith-Pelly has 21 goals and 34 assists 195 games.
In other moves, the Devils traded leading scorer Lee Stempniak to Boston for the Bruins fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft and their second-round pick the next year.
Stempniak skated in 63 games with New Jersey, posting 16 goals and 25 assists. The 33-year-old has 181 goals and 229 assists in 11 seasons with St. Louis, Toronto, Phoenix, Calgary, Pittsburgh, N.Y. Rangers, Winnipeg and New Jersey.
New Jersey also shipped out-of-favor defenseman Eric Gelinas to Colorado for a 2017 third-round draft pick, and it claimed defenseman David Warsofsky off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins.