Late last night, once most of the league had gone to sleep, the New Jersey Devils were busy adding some Stanley Cup pedigree.
Ondrej Palat would be signing a five-year deal with the Devils for $6M
The deal has not yet been announced by the team, though several other reports have confirmed it.
Palat, 31, has long been a swiss army knife for the Tampa Bay Lightning, able to move into any situation and excel.
In 628 regular season games, all with the Lightning, he has 423 points. It has been the postseason where he shines the brightest
his season, he had 21 points in 23 games as the Lightning tried to win their third consecutive championship.
At a $6MM cap hit, a team like Tampa Bay would have had too much risk exposure, given their tight financial structure.
The focus is on his contributions in the short-term, and whether he can help the young Devils team reach the next level.