The St. Louis Blues on Friday traded right winger Matt D'Agostini and a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2015 to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a conditional fourth or fifth-round pick in 2015.
D'Agostini, 26, had one goal and two points in 16 games with the Blues this season and had been a healthy scratch several times. The solid play of energetic forwards Chris Porter and Adam Cracknell may have also limited his playing time.
The Blues also needed to make a roster move with winger T.J. Oshie nearing a return from his rib injury. In addition, the team is still carrying three goaltenders.
D'Agostini, making $1. 8 million this season for a salary cap hit of $1.6 5 million, will be a restricted free agent after the season. He was scheduled to join the Devils on Friday night.
"He certainly hasn't had the year he has had in the past but we certainly know enough of him as a player," Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello told the Newark Star Ledger. "We have enough information on him. He's a scorer. We feel confident he can help us. He can help us on the third or fourth line.
"It's a new life (for D'Agostini). He's excited to be here."
D'Agostini joined the Blues in a March 2010 trade, coming here from Montreal in exchange for forward prospect Aaron Palushaj.
His best season with the Blues was 2010-11, when he had a career-high 21 goals and 46 points and played in all 82 games.
D'Agostini has 45 goals and 91 points in 254 NHL games.
After a lengthy break following Tuesday's 3-2 loss at Vancouver, the Blues return to action Saturday in Edmonton. The Blues are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games against the Oilers, including a 4-1-2 mark in their seven road games against them,
Chris Stewart has five goals and seven points in last four games, with multiple points in three of them. Blues rookie winger Vladimir Tarasenko has notched assists in each of his first two games since returning from a concussion and rang a shot off the goalpost against the Canucks.