Thursday, March 09, 2006

Devils Upgrade Blueline, Acquire Isles' Lukowich

With the trade deadline finally here, the Devils made two more deals to upgrade their their blueline. A day after acquiring defenseman Ken Klee from Toronto for prospect Aleksander Suglobov, GM Lou Lamoriello went across town for some help this time- sending a 2006 third round pick to the Islanders for Brad Lukowich.

The 29-year-old Lukowich is an experienced stay-at-home physical defenseman. He's also a proven winner, having won a Stanley Cup with the '04 Lightning.

"Brad Lukowich provides additional depth and experience to our defense," Lamoriello told the AP.

Signed by the Islanders to a multiyear deal worth $2 million last summer, he is under contract for next season. In his first season with the Isles, the Cranbrook British Columbia native had a goal and 12 assists for 13 points along with 32 penalty minutes and a minus-three rating in 57 games.

Ironically, Lukowich also was part of the '99 Cup champion Stars but only got into eight postseason games to fall short of having his name on the Cup. He played with current Devils Jamie Langenbrunner, Grant Marshall and Richard Matvichuk. Reunited in New Jersey, the ex-Dallas quartet will be looking for a similar result.

In order to make room for Lukowich, defenseman Sean Brown was dealt to Vancouver in exchange for a 2006 fourth round pick.

Re-signed by the Devils before the season, the former Boston '95 first round selection had 12 points along with a minus-14 rating in 35 contests.

Devils Add Wiemer To Fold: Adding some grit up front, New Jersey sent a fourth round pick to Calgary for forward Jason Wiemer. Wiemer, 29, is a capable fourth liner who can take the body and drop the gloves.

In 33 games with the Flames, Wiemer had a goal with two assists to go with 65 PIM. His grinding style should make him a welcome asset.

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