The selling has begun for the Detroit Red Wings as they are sending defenseman Patrik Nemeth to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a 2022 fourth-round pick. The defenseman had already been ruled out for the team’s game Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes, but now the 28-year-old Swede will be heading to the hottest team in all of hockey.
Patrik Nemeth has been having a solid season for the struggling Red Wings. He’s second on the team in defensive point shares and is third among all skaters in total point shares. He has eight points from the blue line and plays really solid defense. He’s big at 6’3″ and 228 pounds and uses every bit of that large frame. He’s physical
Patrik Nemeth can make a solid defensive impact on an already great Avalanche team. They have allowed 95 goals in 39 games so far this season which is the second-least in the West Division. This is despite not having the best goaltending on the back end. Adding Nemeth will make their good backline even better as their biggest weakness has been locking down their sixth defenseman this year.
As for the Red Wings, they add a future fourth-round pick in the trade. It gives more ammunition to Steve Yzerman who has a history of success in making mid-round picks. It also gives them more assets to potentially trade to either move up or take another risk on a young player that they think can make an impact.
This trade comes hours after the Red Wings announced that Bobby Ryan, one of the team’s potential trade chips, is now out for the season with an upper-body injury. It’s the first move of what should be a few, even with Ryan’s injury. The biggest possible names that could still be moved include Luke Glendening, Marc Staal, and Sam Gagner. With the trade deadline in three days and Patrik Nemeth already gone, the Red Wings will be a team to watch for.
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