Lee Stempniak, to no one's surprise, is moving to a new hockey home.

For the third year in a row and fourth time overall, the veteran NHL forward was traded on deadline day, this time departing New Jersey for the Boston Bruins.

In return, the Devils received a 2016 fourth-round draft pick and 2017 second-rounder.

Rookie Bruins general manager Don Sweeney apparently has coveted Stempniak for some time.

Stempniak, 33, gives the Bruins much-needed depth at right wing. With 16 goals and 41 points in 63 games this season, the 10-year NHL forward is on track for a career-high 54 points. He had 52 points in the 2006-07 campaign with St. Louis.

Stempniak is a pending unrestricted free agent.

He has 181 goals and 410 points in 771 NHL regular-season games for Toronto, Calgary, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, New York Rangers, Blues and Devils.

Bruins add Liles, keep Eriksson

Also Monday, Boston added depth to its blue-line, acquiring 35-year-old John-Michael Liles from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2016 third-round draft pick, 2017 fifth-rounder and forward prospect Anthony Camara.

Sweeney also held on to pending UFA forward Loui Eriksson, who was linked to trade rumours leading up to the deadline.

In a news release, Sweeney said contract talks with Eriksson and his representative would continue.