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Bruins trade for Devils center Pavel Zacha in exchange for Erik Haula

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The Boston Bruins have acquired a Czech forward before NHL free agency begins at noon ET on Wednesday, but it's not David Krejci.

The Devils are trading center/left winger Pavel Zacha to the Bruins in exchange for center Erik Haula, both teams announced.

Zacha is a restricted free agent after wrapping up a three-year, $6.75 million contract with the Devils. 

The 25-year-old forward was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, and he has not lived up to the expectations that come with being a high first-round selection. However, he did set a career high with 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 70 games for the Devils last season. 

Zacha most likely will be a third-line contributor in Boston.

The Bruins came into Wednesday with just $2.3 million in salary cap space, per CapFriendly. They also need to sign centers Patrice Bergeron and Krejci.