Devils, Flyers Make Rare, Minor-League Swap

The Devils acquired minor-league forward, Petr Straka from the Flyers on Saturday in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick, in either 2017 or 2018’s entry draft.

Straka, 24, has played three games in the NHL and has 88 points in 192 AHL games. He’ll report to Albany to  begin the new era of his career. Originally drafted by Columbus 552nd overall in 2010, he was not signed to an entry-level contract. He was signed to an entry-level contract by Philadelphia as a free agent in 2013. He signed a one-year, $650,000 extension this summer. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

The trade between the two foes is the first since 1986, when New Jersey sent goaltender and fan-favorite, Glenn “Chico” Resch to Philly in exchange for a third round pick. The Devils used the pick to select Marc Laniel 62nd overall. Laniel never played an NHL game.

During former general manager Lou Lamoriello’s 27-year tenure with the organization the Flyers and New York Rangers, the two biggest rivals, never completed a transaction.

There was considerable talk during the 2010-11 season that Philadelphia was interested in then-captain, Jamie Langenbrunner, who was eventually dealt to the Dallas Stars for a conditional third round pick, becoming Blake Coleman, drafted 75th overall in 2011.