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Coleman thanks Devils fans, greets new opportunity in social-media post

Forward was traded from New Jersey to Tampa Bay

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Blake Coleman bid farewell to New Jersey and welcomed a new opportunity with one social-media post Sunday.

The forward thanked the New Jersey Devils and their fans in a statement posted to Twitter after he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for prospect Nolan Foote and a first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft or 2021 NHL Draft.

Tweet from @BColes25: pic.twitter.com/PCUMHMATzX

Coleman, who was selected by New Jersey in the third round (No. 75) of the 2011 NHL Draft, played his entire 237-game NHL career with the Devils until he was traded. His wife Jordan is due to give birth in March to a baby girl that will be born in New Jersey.

"My wife and I have felt at home here and have felt all of the love and support over the past few years," Coleman said in a post to Twitter and Instagram. "We will always have fond memories of our time here."

Coleman then posted a message to Lightning fans about his excitement to join a new team and potentially play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this spring.

Tweet from @BColes25: pic.twitter.com/TMvX0eqczy

"My wife and I are so excited to be given the opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Lightning," Coleman's post said. "It is every hockey players dream to compete for the Stanley Cup. I can't wait to join this team and give you guys everything I have!"

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