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Report: Timo Meier traded Devils ahead of trade deadline

The Devils have made a move for the productive right winger.

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8:37 p.m. update — Well, this took a while but we have the full details on the Devils deal for Meier. So the main pieces are Fabian Zetterlund and the 2023 first-round pick. The Devils are also giving up a few defensive prospects in Mukhamadullin and Okhotiuk as well as the contract of forward Andreas Johnsson. There is also reportedly a 2024 conditional first-round pick involved. That likely has protections in the top third of that draft, but likely wouldn’t come into play. It also could hinge on how well the Devils perform in the playoffs next season (or this season).

5:51 p.m. update — Details are still trickling out very slowly. We don’t know who the Devils are sending to the Sharks as of yet. We know that the other player appears to be defenseman Scott Harrington. That could mean the Sharks needed to clear another roster spot to take on whatever the Devils are giving up.

5:17 p.m. update — The deal does not include Dawson Mercer, per E.J. Hradek. According to Chris Johnston of TSN, the Sharks are retaining 50% of the $10 million owed to Meier this season. That’s in salary. Meier’s cap hit is $6M. There are also reports that another Sharks player is going back in the deal to New Jersey.

San Jose Sharks LW Timo Meier has been traded to the New Jersey Devils prior to the 2023 NHL trade deadline, per Pierre LeBrun. The move comes nearly a week ahead of Friday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline and does not include a contract extension for Meier, per LeBrun.

Meier is a productive top-six forward and a potentially dangerous piece on the power play if his 13 power-play goals this season prove. He has 31 goals and 21 assists on the season.

Meier was selected by the Sharks with the No. 9 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. He’s in the final year of his contract worth $6 million in average annual value, $10 million in total salary. Meier is set to become a restricted free agent after this season and is eligible for a contract extension. He will have a $10 million qualifying offer to remain an RFA next season.

The 26-year-old forward from Herisau, Switzerland is a volume scorer that has eclipsed the 30-goal mark in three of the past five seasons. He had 154 goals and 162 assists in six-plus seasons with the Sharks.