Lightning acquire Blake Coleman from Devils for Nolan Foote, first-round pick

The New Jersey Devils have traded forward Blake Coleman (20) to the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Blake Coleman from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward prospect Nolan Foote and a 2020 first-round pick.

The first rounder being sent to New Jersey was acquired by the Lightning in the J.T. Miller trade with the Vancouver Canucks last summer. It carries a condition that if the Canucks miss the playoffs this season, the pick transfers to a 2021 first-round pick.

Coleman has 21 goals and 31 points in 57 games this season. In total, the 28-year-old has posted 57 goals and 94 points in 237 career NHL games.

Foote, 19, was a first-round pick (27th overall) by the Lightning in 2019. He has 33 points in 26 games with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets this season and was a member of Canada’s gold medal winning squad at the world juniors earlier this season.

“This transaction allows us to acquire two key pieces in continuing to build this team around our foundational cornerstones,” said Devils interim general manager Tom Fitzgerald in a statement. “Foote is a big, physical winger, with an excellent shot and great offensive instincts, especially on the power play. He will complement our young forward group for a long time.”

Earlier in the day the Devils made another trade, sending captain Andy Greene to the New York Islanders for a second-round pick in 2021 and prospect David Quenneville.

February 16, 2020 - 7:18 pm ET
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