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Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Skinny on Andy Greene

Lou Lamoriello's 2nd trade as Islander GM is for someone he is very familiar - Devil captain Andy Greene.

Greene, who had played 923 games, all for New Jersey, was acquired today for David Quenneville and the Isles' 2nd round pick in 2021. The defensive defenseman has scored 49 goals and added 197 assists.  He has averaged at least 19:30 per game in each of the last 11 seasons and had served as the Devils' captain since the start of the 2015-16 season.

Greene was 2-9-11 in 53 games (averaging 20:06 of ice-time) for New Jersey this season; he was also +1 (best among Devils d-men) for a team that has been outscored 135-104 in 5-on-5 play. Greene has blocked 136 shots (tied-2nd in NHL) and is coming to an Islander team that leads the NHL in blocks.

Greene, who turned 37 earlier this season, is the fourth-oldest defenseman active in the NHL (Zdeno Chara, Ron Hainsey and Derek Engelland).  (There are also 4 goalies and 3 forwards who are older.)

Greene has worn #6 his entire NHL career; Ryan Pulock has worn that number his entire NHL career as well.

Greene was born in Trenton, MI on October 30, 1982 -- ironically that night the Devils played their first-ever game at the Coliseum -- and is now the oldest player on the team.

It's the first trade between the teams since July 2011 when the Isles acquired Brian Rolston in exchange for Trent Hunter.  Rolston played for the Isles until the 2012 trade deadline; Hunter was waived by the Devils four days after he was acquired.

Greene will meet the Isles in Arizona; Sebastian Aho has been returned to Bridgeport.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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