|Ponikarovsky with the Hurricanes in 2011|
Ponikarovsky brings some scoring depth to the Devils, who needed help on the 3rd and 4th lines. This trade, along with the return of Travis Zajac after the All-Star break could make the Devils a solid four line threat.
This trade also allows the Devils to either send down or trade struggling second-year player Mattias Tedenby. Tedenby, who has only one goal, could be traded at the deadline for a defenseman.
After this season, Ponikarovsky's contract expires, and depending on his performance, could be brought back for around the same cap hit, which is $1.5 million.
Ponikarovsky's status for Saturday's game against Philadelphia is still up in the air, as an impending snowstorm could affect the status of scheduled flights.