The San Jose Sharks traded Timo Meier to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
The Sharks got forwards Fabian Zetterlund and Andreas Johnsson, defensemen Shakir Mukhamadullin and Nikita Okhotiuk, a conditional first-round pick in the NHL Draft in 2023, and picks in the second and seventh rounds in the NHL Draft in 2024. The Sharks will keep 50% of Meier's salary. In addition, defensemen Santeri Hatakka and Scott Harrington, forward prospect Timur Ibragimov, goalie prospect Zachary Emond, and a fifth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft were given to the Devils.
Meier stated, "You kind of heard the rumors and talk out there, and you expect something will happen, and New Jersey was always in there." "The last couple of weeks" You kind of think that might be where you'll go to watch them play because they're a fun team to watch and hard to play against. It is a fantastic opportunity for me to join a team like that with a lot of young players who are stars in this league and really good players.
Meier stated that he has spoken with Devils coach Lindy Ruff and New Jersey captain and fellow Switzerland-born center Nico Hischier. The forward, who is 26 years old, is likely to join the team when they travel to Denver on Tuesday in preparation for their game on Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche.
Meier stated, "It was really nice to talk to [Ruff]." He briefed me on their activities, and it's evident that I'm ecstatic to join his team. I'm just excited to work with him and get this thing started because he seemed very excited to have me, which is great.
Meier is likely to appear alongside Hischier or Jack Hughes in a top-six role.
Meier stated, "They've got so many good players on that roster." It will be a lot of fun. I'm just excited and haven't given much thought to who I might play with. I'm confident that whatever team I end up playing with will be fantastic. That's pretty much how I think."
Meier, who has been out of the last three games with an upper-body injury, has 52 points (31 goals, 21 assists) in 57 games this season. In 2021-2022, Meier played in 77 games and had a NHL career-high 76 points (35 goals, 41 assists). He claimed to be day-to-day.
Meier declared, "I want to play as soon as I can, but I will also listen to my body."
Meier, who signed a four-year contract on July 1, 2019, is in the final season. After the season, he can become a restricted free agent.
In addition to the players the Devils gave up in order to acquire him, San Jose will receive a first-round pick in the NHL Draft in 2024 if the first-round pick in the 2023 draft is a top-two selection. The 2024 second-round selection will become a 2024 first-round selection if Meier plays in at least 50% of New Jersey's playoff games in either the 2023 Eastern Conference Final or the 2024 Eastern Conference Final. The Devils will have the option of transferring their 2025 NHL Draft first-round selection if that pick is in the top 10. If the Devils transfer their 2024 first-round pick as originally stipulated (top-two in 2023), they will then send their own 2025 first-round pick if they reach the 2024 Eastern Conference Final.
Meier signed a four-year contract on July 1, 2019, and after this season, he could become a restricted free agent.
According to Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald, "I could sit there and say I'm confident (we will re-sign him), but what I am confident in is who we are and what we can sell... our team." Jersey, in my opinion, is a gem in the rough. Until you arrive here and think, "Wow, this really is incredible," people outside of this area have no idea what it's like. We are absolutely certain that Timo will purchase what we have to offer and sell.
[RELATED: NHL Trade Tracker for 2022-23 | Fantasy spin: Impact of the Meier trade on the Devils and Sharks] San Jose selected Meier in the first round (No. Meier, the No. 9 pick in the NHL Draft in 2015, has scored 154 goals and 162 assists in 451 games during the regular season, in addition to 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 35 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Meier, who speaks four languages—Swiss, French, English, and German—just wants to play his style of hockey to help the Devils in the final few games.
He stated, "I'm kind of your typical power forward." I enjoy shooting the puck and trying to get to the net, which is where I can potentially score. I like to add my physicality to a 200-foot game. That seems to be my mentality, I believe. For the New Jersey Devils, I'm going to try to be the best Timo Meier I can be.
Meier, who stands 6 feet 1 and weighs 220 pounds, led the Sharks in power-play goals (13), hits (112) and takeaways (48).
"It's the skill set, the goal-scoring ability, and the size of the player. Size helps, according to Fitzgerald. We probably all thought we could all add it. Although our forward group isn't particularly big, he contributes to making us a bigger and stronger team. He is a power forward who can skate, drives to the net, holds pucks low, gets to the net, and is difficult to move away from. The little things like that add up to make a player whom you admire and want on your team. Timo Meyer provides that."
In 28 games this season, defenseman Harrington, who is 29 years old, has seven points (one goal, six assists). After participating in professional tryout camp, he attended training camp and signed a one-year contract with the Sharks on September 30.
A pick in the second round (No. Harrington, who was selected number 54 by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2011 NHL Draft, has played 238 regular-season games for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Sharks and has 45 points (eight goals, 37 assists).
Fitzgerald stated that he and his staff will meet on Monday to discuss additional potential options to strengthen the lineup.
He stated, "I don't think it's any secret that we're ahead of where we thought we would be. I don't think it's any secret." The game of men has advanced significantly. With our young core and existing pillars, I believe the additions we've made have been very successful and accomplished what we anticipated."
The Devils are second in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind the Carolina Hurricanes, with a record of 39-15-5 and an 8-2-1 record in their last 11 games. Since they lost in the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, they have only once qualified for the playoffs. That was in 2018, when they lost five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round.
Fitzgerald stated, "When you make a move like this or even a smaller one, you're showing your team and your fan base that we want to improve and that we can get better." Similar to previous times, the players informed me where they were. In the past, we were not buyers for obvious reasons. It was still sell time, grab future assets, and we had a record of what we had. However, if we were to acquire those future assets in the past, we would have known that the grass would grow greener as a result of the growth and development of our young players. As a result, we would be able to use those future assets on days like this one."
In 45 games this season, Zetterlund, 23, has scored 20 points (six goals, 14 assists). A pick in the third round (No. Zetterlund was selected number 63 by the Devils in the 2017 NHL Draft. In his first season in the league, he played 14 games and scored eight points (three goals, five assists).
In the first round, Mukhamadullin (No. 20) of the NHL Draft in 2020. The 21-year-old has played in the Kontinental Hockey League for Salavat Yulaev Ufa for the past four seasons. In 66 games this season, he has 25 points (six goals, 19 assists).
22-year-old Okhotiuk has scored once in ten games this season. Johnsson, 28, has played 36 games for Utica in the American Hockey League and has 29 points (nine goals, 20 assists). In 71 NHL games last season, he scored 35 points, including 13 goals and 22 assists.
According to Sharks general manager Mike Grier, "We think Shakir is a good player, someone we envision in our top four for quite a while." a superb player and prospect who enhances our depth. He and Nikita support our long-term strategy.
The Sharks are ranked seventh in the Pacific Division (18-30-12).
"No. Grier stated, "I still don't think it's a complete rebuild." Everybody always aspires to label it. We want to turn this around as quickly as possible, but we also want to make sure we bring in the right people and move in the right direction. I think it's sort of a plan with small steps. It's a redesign."