Martin Skoula didn't even have time to meet up with his new teammates in Toronto before had had even newer teammates in New Jersey.
Skoula, who was traded by Pittsburgh to Toronto late Tuesday night, was shipped to the Devils roughly 12 hours later. Toronto received New Jersey's 2010 fifth-round pick in the deal.
The Leafs had acquired Skoula as well as 21-year-old forward Luca Caputi from Pittsburgh for Alexei Ponikarovsky. While Caputi is part of the Leafs' future, Leafs GM Brian Burke never had any intention of keeping Skoula, who can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Skoula will be reunited in New Jersey with coach Jacques Lemaire, who he played under during his three-plus seasons in Minnesota. When Paul Martin returns to the Devils' lineup, likely within a week, New Jersey will have eight defensemen on the roster.
Skoula missed only four games over the last three seasons under Lemaire in Minnesota, and totaled 7 goals and 35 assists.
He had 8 points in 33 games for Pittsburgh this season.
Skoula has 193 points and 324 penalty minutes in 757 NHL games with the Avalanche, Ducks, Stars, Wild and Penguins. The 17th pick of the 1998 Entry Draft by the Avalanche, he was a part of their 2001 Stanley Cup championship team.
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