The New Jersey Devils have been struggling to score goals for the past month, scoring three or more goals (not counting shootouts) just twice since Feb. 21. President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello is taking a shot on a forward from St. Louis to see if he can improve upon that.
The Devils acquired forward Matt D'Agostini and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the St. Louis Blues on Friday in exchange for a conditional fourth or fifth-round draft pick in the 2015 Draft, according to the Blues' official website. D'Agostini had only a goal and an assist in 16 games with St. Louis this season.
D'Agostini had his best season in the NHL in 2010-11, scoring 21 goals and putting up 46 points. He suffered through some injuries and only scored nine goals and 18 points in 55 games last season, and hasn't been able to do much of anything for St. Louis in limited action during the lockout-shortened season.
Still, Lamoriello gambled a weak, mid-round pick on Andrei Loktionov (admittedly a younger player with more upside) and appears to have won with that deal, and the Blues needed to make room on their roster with TJ Oshie returning soon, so everybody got something they needed out of the trade.