The Avalanches have added to their backend as they have acquired Patrik nemeth from the Red Wings in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2022. Both teams have announced the trade.
The 29-year-old is certainly familiar with Colorado, having spent two seasons with them in 2017-18 and 2018-19. It was there that he had the best years of his career offensively (15 and 10 points, respectively) as he emerged as a more physical presence in his second season, scoring 137 hits. That helped him land a two-year, $ 6MM deal with Detroit in the summer of 2019 with a view to helping stabilize his back-end. However, Colorado will not assume that full price, as Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports (Twitter link) that Red Wings retains the maximum 50% (or $ 1.5MM) of Nemeth’s deal.
In his first season with Detroit, Nemeth logged just over 22 minutes a night, but his playing time has been markedly reduced this season to 18:24 a night, while scoring two goals and six assists in 39 games. However, he’s still a physical player with the ability to kill penalties and block shots, elements the Avs haven’t had as much with this season. Erik johnsonlingering injury issues and early season swapping Ian Cole to Minnesota.
Nemeth is likely to have an even more limited role with the Avs as he plans to fit into their third matchup. But with him already familiar with the system, he should have a smoother transition to his lineup than most acquisitions, although he will not debut for a few more days as he is currently out with a hand injury. As for Detroit, this is the first of their three allowed wage withholding transactions, a number that may very well increase between now and Monday’s trade deadline and earn a mid-round pick for doing so; they now have three fourth-round picks already in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
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