Even though the New Jersey Devils are off to a surprisingly strong start this season, they were on the lookout for an offensive-minded defenseman.
The Devils filled that need Thursday, acquiring Sami Vatanen from the Ducks in a trade that sent forwards Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi to Anaheim. The Ducks also get a 2018 third-round pick in the deal and would send back a 2019 or 2020 third-rounder if they're able to re-sign Henrique.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray called it "a classic sort of hockey deal" rather than one team buying and the other selling.
"It's a good deal for both teams that we both had needs to fill," Ducks general manager...