Former Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder said he told GM Lou Lamoriello he wanted to leave the team after a disfunctional relationship with coach Pete DeBoer.

The Devils traded Tallinder 34 to the Buffalo Sabres on July 7 in exchange for forward Riley Boychuk.

“I’m excited definitely to get away from New Jersey; not the organization but a couple of individuals over there on the coaching side” Tallinder told Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald.

Tallinder’s comments were surprising because of the Swedish defenseman’s low-key personality along with the fact most Devils players speak highly of DeBoer.

But at the conclusion of last season in which Tallinder appeared in only 25 games he let Lamoriello know he wanted to leave.