The Devils traded center Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning for left wing Nolan Foote and a first-round pick in the 2020 NHL draft, New Jersey announced Sunday evening.
Coleman, 28, had entered his fourth NHL season -- all with the Devils -- after New Jersey originally signed him to a two-year entry level contract out of Miami (Ohio) University.
Assigned to the organization's AHL affiliate, the Albany (New York) Devils, Coleman started out with the farm team for the 2015-16 season. Coleman debuted with the Devils in the second half of the 2016-17 campaign.
After logging 23 games as a second-half rookie, Coleman played in 157 games from 2017-19, scoring 61 points on 35 goals and 26 assists. Fifty-seven games into the 2019-20 season, Coleman compiled 31 points on 21 goals and 10 assists.
On the other side of the deal, the Devils welcome the 19-year-old Foote into the franchise after the Lightning selected him with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2019 draft's first round.
Foote signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Lightning after playing for Canada's Western Hockey League from 2016-19 on the Kelowna Rockets. With the Rockets, Foote scored 138 points on 68 goals and 70 assists in 168 career games.
He most recently represented Canada in the Czech Republic 2020 World Junior Championships, earning a gold medal after his country won with Jan. 5's 4-3 win over Russia. In his seven games of action, Foote scored five points on three goals and five assists.