With the New Jersey Devils season going downhill, the team have decided to move on from Sami Vatanen. On Monday, the team traded Vatanen to Carolina for Janne Kuokkanen, conditional 2020 4th Round Pick and Fredrik Claesson. Vatanen is on the last year of his contract.
Since acquiring him from the Anaheim Ducks,New Jersey had high exceptions for Vatanen to be a top pair defenseman, but is better suited for the second or third pair. Even though Vatanen is not a top-pairing defenseman, he can still produce on the second or third pair.
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