Devils trade defenseman Damon Severson to the Blue Jackets

Damon Severson (Lisa Gansky, Wikimedia Commons)

According to TSN on Friday, the New Jersey Devils traded defenseman Damon Severson of Melville, Saskatchewan to the Columbus Blue Jackets. In return the Devils will receive a third round draft pick, 80th overall, in the 2023 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

The trade was a cost cutting move for the Devils. Earlier in the day, they signed Severson to an eight-year contract worth $50 million.

The Blue Jackets are Severson’s second team. He has previously played nine seasons with the Devils. In 2022-23, he had seven goals and 26 assists for 33 points. Severson was a +9 with 38 penalty minutes, four power-play points, one shorthanded point, two game-winning goals, 102 shots on goal, 115 blocked shots, 44 hits, 28 takeaways and 41 giveaways.

Severson’s shorthanded point was the first shorthanded goal of his career. It came in an 8-1 Devils win from Erik Haula over the Blue Jackets on April 6. Severson’s game-winning goals came in a 5-2 Devils win over the Edmonton Oilers on November 21, and in a 4-3 Devils won over the New York Rangers on January 7. The game-winner in the win over the Oilers came from Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier. The game-winner in the win over the Rangers was an unassisted overtime winner.

In 647 games, Severson has 58 goals and 205 assists for 263 points. He is a -12o with 388 penalty minutes, 75 power-play points, four shorthanded points, seven game-winning goals, 1044 shots on goal, 115 blocked shots, 44 hits, 28 takeaways, and 41 giveaways.

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