The Colorado Avalanche have acquired defenseman Patrik Nemeth from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2022 4th round draft pick.
The Avalanche have a solid defensive group, but could use depth, especially with Erik Johnson on LTIR. Plus, Jacob MacDonald is currently suspended. Nemeth was going to be out of Detroit's lineup, although that could have been due to an injury or because this trade was expected. A 4th round pick is not a high price for a solid defensive third pairing player. Plus, the Avalanche have familiarity with Nemeth, who played for the team in 2017-18 and 2018-19 before leaving to the Red Wings for the past two seasons.
Nemeth, 29, has scored two goals with six assists for eight points in 39 games for the Red Wings this year. In his NHL career for Detroit, the Avalanche and Dallas Stars, Nemeth has scored seven goals with 49 assists for 56 points in 353 games.
The Red Wings are full on sellers once again this year, as any pick will help the cause. Nemeth was productive defensively for the last two seasons, and they will thank him for that while moving on with their fresh new draft pick.