New Jersey Demons and Pittsburgh Penguins do swap players for players Saturday with the arrival of the Devil on the 25-year-old defender John Marino In marketing. Pittsburgh received 22-year-old defender Ty Smith in return for a 2023 third pick.
“John is a highly mobile and competitive defender who strengthens our backline,” Devils General Manager Tom Fitzgerald said in a statement. “He takes pride in his game, moves away from the style of play, and his ability to transform play will suit our style and the strengths of our forward group. The other move focuses on improving our club today, while also bringing certainty and stability to the squad’s versatility as we continue to build.”
Marino was drafted by Edmonton Oilers in 2015 before playing for four years at Harvard. He was acquired by Penguins in 2019 and made his NHL debut later that year. In January 2021, Marino signed a six-year, $26.4 million contract extension with Pittsburgh, currently keeping him under contract with New Jersey through the end of the 2026-27 season.
Smith was the Reds’ first choice in 2018 and made his NHL debut in January 2021. He won the All-Rookie title in his first season with 23 points from 48 games. However, Smith struggled in the 2021-22 season with just 20 points from 66 games. The Devil is minus 26 with Smith on the tape last year.