Following tonight's 5-2 loss to Washington, the Devils traded defenseman Sheldon Brookbank to the Anaheim Ducks for the rights to center David McIntyre.
“When we added Brendan Shanahan that gave us 13 forwards and with the play of Jay Leach, Jay pushed himself into the seventh spot defensively,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. “So Sheldon wasn’t going to be given any playing time, not through any fault of his own, and by doing this it gives us another prospect. What it does is opens a roster spot, so we can bring someone up and down without cutting someone from our roster.”
McIntyre, who will turn 22 on Wednesday, was Dallas' fourth choice, 138th overall, in the 2006 entry draft. He has 13 goals and a team-high 30 points in 26 games for Colgate this season. The 6-foot, 185-pound center is in his third season with the Red Raiders and has 37 career goals and 42 assists for 79 points and 155 penalty minutes in 105 games.
Dallas traded McIntyre and a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2010 to Anaheim for Brian Sutherby on Dec. 14.
"He's a center iceman who leads his team in scoring," Lamoriello said. "He was drafted by Dallas and went to Anaheim in another trade."
Brookbank, 28, had played in only 15 games this season and did not register a point. He had been a healthy scratch in 20 consecutive games since his last game on Dec. 21 against Philadelphia.
Lamoriello said he wanted to move Brookbank to give him a chance to play because he had been a good soldier while getting little playing time this season.
“I think that he has been tremendous for us and this gives him an opportunity to play,” Lamoriello said. “ Anaheim had interest in him and we had interest in the prospect.” The Devils claimed Brookbank off waivers from Columbus on Oct. 2, 2007.
had interest in him and we had interest in the prospect.”
The Devils claimed Brookbank off waivers from Columbus on Oct. 2, 2007.