Height: 5' 11", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 2.3.77 Most, Czech Republic
|How he arrived: Traded by the Minnesota Wild for Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux,
Capitals' 2nd round pick in the 2012 E.D. and a conditional 3rd round pick in the 2013 E.D., 2.24.12
How he left: Traded to the Detroit Red Wings for a conditional 3rd round pick in the 2016 E.D., 3.2.15
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
To this day, I honestly cannot see why people were up in arms about this trade.
It has nothing to do with his skill set. He's a proven power player, but also has better puck handling skills than most of
the defensemen the Devils had brought in since the departure of Scott Niedermayer. (I almost said Brian Rafalski, but
this problem went back further.)
Defensively, he's marginal, but it's rare to find a total package on the backline that isn't locked up for 10 years with a
no-trade clause any more.
Yet other people use the excuse that the Devils gave up too much to get Zidlicky. Too much? The Devils gave up a slap
shot defenseman that doesn't have much else, a 4th liner that was sent back to Albany days before the trade, a prospect
whose game and value fell like a rock in 4 months, and a draft pick that wasn't even theirs to begin with. (I'm not
counting the conditional pick that was ultimately cashed in because the Devils got to the conference finals this season.)
I don't buy that it's too much.
I then had another friend say wait till he gets healthy scratched for the first time, and I'll see why it was too much. I just
rolled my eyes. Peter DeBoer was NOT Mike Yeo.
He was kept around long enough until some of the younger defensemen in the system were ready to show what they
After his time with the Red Wings was over, he signed with the Islanders mainly as a safety net until their younger
backliners got into their form. Yup, twice in the last couple years, he acted as a bridge player.
There's no word yet on his plans for the 16-17 season.
|Entry Draft: 2001 Sixth Round Pick (176th overall) by the
New York Rangers
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise