Thank You, Trav and Palms

Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri have been traded to the New York Islanders. Photo Credit: New Jersey Devils

This evening, two of my favorite Devils players were traded to the Islanders. Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri were sent to Long Island in exchange for AJ Greer, Mason Jobst and a few picks.

Words cannot describe how sad I am to see these two players go, so I will do my best to type up a quick thank you note to two players who I really loved to watch play.

Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac exemplified exactly what it meant to be a Devil-- consummate pros who fought hard to bring a winning team to New Jersey.

I'll start with Travis Zajac. He has been on the Devils for as long as I can remember, making his debut around when I was in first grade. He quickly captivated my interest as an awesome center who played great defense and was great at face-offs.

He also has spent his entire career as a Devil, and has been there through all the ups and mostly downs of the past nine seasons. I will never forget his contributions to the team. I will always remember his running man celebration after he scored the overtime winner in the first round of 2012 against the Florida Panthers to send it to a decisive Game Seven. It was an emotional goal and an emotional day.

I shared a conversation with Travis --albeit brief-- after a game a few seasons ago. He was grateful we told him he was one of our favorite players.

Travis will always be a Devil at heart, and I am sad to see him go.

Palms was representative of the Devils over the last few seasons, and even when things were tough, he was always reliable on offense. Until this season, he had scored 24+ goals in every season as a Devil.

I will always remember how he turned things up during the Devils' run to the postseason in 2017, I'm glad he got the chance to taste the postseason with the Devils because he spent so long here.

I shared a conversation with Palms as well, who actually grew up in the same town as my dad (different times) in Montvale, New Jersey. Every time Palmieri scored, my dad would yell "Montvale's own!" and I always thought that was awesome. My dad would also say how he was the second-best hockey player to come from Montvale behind Palmieri.

It will pain me to see these two guys in blue and orange, but I know they will do great things and I will be watching them closely. It's nice to see them reunited with Andy Greene as well, who came up around the same time as Zajac.

Thank you for some great hockey.