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New Jersey Devils trade Tyce Thompson to the New York Islanders

Former Utica Comet Tyce Thompson was traded by the Devils to the Islanders on Sunday for forward Arnaud Durandeau.

Tyce Thompson’s time in the New Jersey Devils organization has come to an end, as he is now a part of the New York Islanders organization. In exchange for Thompson, the Devils acquired forward Arnaud Durandeau.

Thompson was drafted by the Devils in the fourth round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. After playing three seasons at Providence College, he turned professional in 2021. The twenty-four-year-old forward is now in his fourth American Hockey League season, all with the Binghamton Devils and Utica Comets. In 98 AHL regular season games played, he has 15 goals, 35 assists, and 78 PIM. Thompson also played eleven games for the New Jersey Devils, totaling one assist. He is currently signed to a one-way contract worth $775,000 that expires at the end of the season.

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Thompson’s father Brent was the head coach of the Islander’s AHL affiliate the Bridgeport Islanders from 2014-2023. He is currently an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks.

Arnaud Durandeau was drafted by the New York Islanders in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Draft. He has spent most of his professional career playing for Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. In 179 career regular-season AHL games, he has 49 goals, 63 assists, and 108 PIM. Last season he had 24 goals, 31 assists, and 35 PIM in 68 games played. This season he has one goal, three assists, and twenty-three PIM in twelve games played.

Durandeau has played four games for the Islanders in his career and did not register a point. He is currently signed to a two-way contract that expires at the end of the season, after which he will become a restricted free agent.

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