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New Jersey Devils interim GM Tom Fitzgerald discusses decision to hold onto Kyle Palmieri

In a surprise to some, the New Jersey Devils held onto winger Kyle Palmieri despite trading six other veteran players.

When asked why the team decided to hold onto the winger, Devils interim general manager Tom Fitzgerald made it clear that the team had no intentions to move their leading scorer.

Fitzgerald asked Abbey Mastracco of USA Today, “Why would I want to move a 30-goal scorer?

“I told teams they need to come in and blow my socks off. No one did,” he said. “I think everybody knew exactly how I felt about Kyle Palmieri and felt that I wasn’t gonna be bullied to move him.