The New Jersey Devils reacquired forward Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday for a seventh-round draft pick this year and a fourth-round pick in 2014.
The 32-year-old Ponikarovsky, from Ukraine, completed last season with New Jersey, finishing with seven goals and 11 assists in 33 games following a trade with Carolina. He signed with Winnipeg as an unrestricted free agent and had two goals in 12 games for the Jets.
The trade came as the Devils announced that forward Dainius Zubrus will have exploratory wrist surgery and will miss two to eight weeks.
Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson suffered a laceration of his left Achilles tendon during the Senators' 4-2 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Norris Trophy winner as the league's top defenseman last season will need surgery and be out indefinitely.