The New Jersey Devils began their sell-off ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline on Wednesday by sending forward Brian Boyle to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick.
Boyle, 34, has 13 goals and 19 points this season and leads all forwards in blocked shots with 36 and was second on the Devils with 88 hits in 47 games.
The 12-year veteran, who had also spent five seasons across the river with the Rangers, joined the Devils in 2017 but was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, a rare but treatable form of cancer that affects the bone marrow, before the season began.
Boyle played through the treatment, appearing in 69 games for the Devils last season and finishing with 13 goals, 23 points, 26 blocked shots and 126 hits.
He was award the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy at the end of the season, which is given to a player each year who exemplifies the qualities for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.