Nils Lundkvist’s deal with the stars and what it means for the Canucks’ RHD needs – Canucksarmy

Canucks’ attempt to contain the market in NHLers named Nils wasn’t supposed to be.

On Monday afternoon, New York Rangers swapped defense prospect Nils Lundqvist with the Dallas Stars to pick a conditional draft twice, first in 2023 and fourth in 2025. The 22-year-old Swedish defender was drafted to 28th overall by New York in 2018, and the season split The past is between Rangers and their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack, where he scored four points in 25 NHL games and 15 points in 34 AHL games. .

Lundkvist’s chances of penetrating the Rangers deep right side that includes Adam Fox, Jacob Tropa and Braden Sneijder were incredibly slim, leading his camp to ask Rangers to trade with a team with more NHL chances on the blue line. Based on a report three days ago by Rangers writer Vince MercoglianoLundkvist was willing to sit outside the training camp in New York to force the team, and the Rangers soon agreed.

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Dallas provided exactly the opportunity Lundkvist was looking for. Behind All-Star Miro Heskanen, only Jani Hakanpa and Colin Miller sit in front of Lundqvist on the star-right depth chart.

But the price of getting the first 2018 ex-driver wasn’t cheap. Despite the slim clout, Rangers GM Chris Drury managed a top-10 protected first-round pick in the 2023 draft — which could move to an unprotected first in 2024 — and a fourth-rounder in 2025 for a player who has only 25 NHL games under his belt. .

For Stars GM Jim Nill, the belief that Lundkvist could help stars win sooner rather than later came at a cost. With a fundamental split between two different eras, Dallas hopes more youthful makeup will ease the workload for veterans like Joe Pavelski and Ryan Suter while helping stars keep up in the increasingly fast-paced Western Conference.

Compare this situation with the Canucks, who also took part in the Lundkvist lottery recently yesterday morning. Given Vancouver’s shallow wardrobe of possibilities and the lack of a guaranteed playoff success, it’s doubtful that Patrick Alvin would be willing to forego a first-round pick to make a deal. But the final deal gives us a window into the prevailing price of a young, right-wing defender, and it may be outside of the Canucks’ realistic price range.

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In the same report where Sportsnet’s Elliot Friedman discusses the Canucks’ interest in Lundkvist, Ethan Beer of Carolina mentioned as another target for Vancouver. The 25-year-old defender’s $2.2 million hit is the biggest sticking point due to Vancouver’s lack of max space, but given Bear’s larger appeal in the NHL than Lundkvist, his acquisition cost is likely to rise.

With the UFA market completely barren at this point in the holiday season, the Canucks are running out of options to improve their defense. If Vancouver could swing a deal that includes current roster members instead of future members (Like the options trading suggested by Stefan Roget) There might still be a reasonable package for Bear or a defender with the same talent.

Who do you think won the Niels Lundqvist trade? Do you think the Canucks should have made a bigger offer to get it? Let us know in the comments below!