The New Jersey Devils have traded defenseman Marek Zidlicky to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditiona third-round pick in 2016. 

Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky.

Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That condition is if the Wings reach the Stanley Cup Final, that pick becomes a second rounder.

This is the move I expected the Wings to make. For all the talk about them pursuing a big-ticket player like Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf, I didn’t expect them to seriously pursue that move now. Zidlicky is an experienced puck-moving defenseman who should fit in well on the Wing defense corps as a rental player. He also has a right-handed shot, which they’ve sought throughout this season.

I’m a little surprised the Devils accepted only a conditional third, but perhaps that’s reflective of the market for a 38-year-old rearguard right now.