DETROIT – The Red Wings today acquired defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a conditional third-round pick in the 2016 NHL draft.
Zidlicky, 38, leads all Devils defensemen and is tied for fifth overall in team scoring with 23 points (4-19-23) in 61 games this season. The 10-year NHL veteran has appeared in 760 NHL games with the Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild and Devils since 2005-06, totaling 390 points (82-308-390) and 646 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 190-lb., blueliner has cracked 40 points on six occasions during his career, including last season when he racked up 42 points (12-30-42) in 81 games with the Devils. He has also picked up nine points (1-8-9) in 38 career postseason games.
A native of Most, Czech Republic, Zidlicky is a three-time Olympian and earned a bronze medal with his country at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He also appeared at the World Championships six times for the Czechs, earning a gold medal in 2005 and a bronze medal in 2011. Zidlicky has an additional nine seasons of professional experience in Europe, totaling 96 points (26-70-96) in 242 games with HC Kladno in the Czech League from 1994-99 and in 2012-13 and 175 points (48-127-175) in 257 games with HIFK of Finland’s SM-Liiga from 1999-03 and in 2004-05. He led the SM-Liiga in points in three straight seasons from 2000-03.