NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 18: Travis Zajac #19 and Kyle Palmieri #21 of the New Jersey Devils check Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Prudential Center on December 18, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New Jersey Devils were in talks with multiple teams to trade Kyle Palmieri. It was apparent he was on his way out when they sat him out of the lineup for the past two games. However, most fans thought they’d still get a good return for him since he was considered by some to be the best piece on the market now that the Nashville Predators are back in the playoff race.