Not only is it a fresh start, but Lemaire clearly liked (and endorsed bring in) the player. hmmm I'll trust JL's hockey mind over Yeo's.
I believe Lou said exactly that also about Lemaire
Barr had a say as well Lou said, because he coached Zids in Minny, so to have Jacques opinion and then another both in good light about a player and then to have the player that defines Devils (Patty) as a friend of his.......kinda speaks for itself
Ponikarovsky was mediocre too this year with Carolina, and he's almost matched his point total here in less than half the game so far. I wouldn't go on what Zidlicky did this year in Minnesota. New team, new start. It worked for Poni, and hopefully it is for Marek too.
We won't know the final outcome of the trade before Minnesota makes that pick, and before Palmieri develops fully and turns into something. Could turn into a very good return for them, regardless of the crap we piled into the package.
And if Zid keeps this up, it's good for us too. Win-win, like Billy says.