The New Jersey Devils
and New York Islanders
swung a small trade Tuesday. The Devils sent Tony Romano
to the Islanders in exchange for Ben Walter
and a conditional draft pick in 2012.
Walter, a former fifth-round pick of the Boston Bruins
, has 22 games of NHL experience spread over four seasons, including two with the Bruins and the last two with the Islanders.
He played in four games last season while also wracking up 50 points in 65 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. Walter has averaged 20 goals and nearly 56 points per season in the AHL since turning pro in 2005 after spending three seasons at UMass-Lowell.
Romano, 21, the Devils' sixth round pick in 2006, has spent the last two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, first with the London Knights and then with the Peterborough Petes. He had 69 points in 65 games last season with Peterborough.