Avalanche trade Tyson Jost to Wild for Nico Sturm, create more cap space for trade deadline

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Oct 5, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost (17) shoots past Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) in the second period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche acquired Nico Sturm from the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday in exchange for fellow forward Tyson Jost.

Sturm, 26, has recorded 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 53 games this season. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound Sturm has totaled 36 points (20 goals, 16 assists) in 111 career games with the Wild.

Per Puckpedia:

After the trade, Avalanche have $585K of Projected Cap Space. That can fit $2.54M Annual Cap Hit today, or $2.93M on Monday’s deadline. Alternatively, they could put Landeskog on LTIR and have ~$7M Annual Cap Hit available

Avalanche Wild Trade

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Dec 27, 2019; Denver, Colorado, USA; Minnesota Wild center Nico Sturm (7) controls the puck ahead of Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) in the third period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

“Nico is a big, strong forward who also brings a heavy defensive presence. He is a defensive-minded center who can chip in offensively, is good on draws and can contribute on the penalty kill,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. “We would like to thank Tyson for everything he has brought to our team over the last five seasons, not just on the ice, but in the generous and impactful work he has done throughout the community.”

Jost, 24, has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 59 games this season. He has 103 points (45 goals, 58 assists) in 321 career games since being selected by the Avalanche with the 10th overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Avalanche acquired big defenseman Josh Manson in a deal with the Ducks on Monday.

They also remain one of the top suitors to land Flyers captain Claude Giroux in a trade before the March 21 Trade Deadline date.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report.