Blues bolster defense at deadline with Nick Leddy from Red Wings

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Dec 9, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nick Leddy (2) controls the puck as St. Louis Blues defenseman Scott Perunovich (48) defends during the first period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Blues acquired defenseman Nick Leddy from the Detroit Red Wings on Monday in exchange for center Oskar Sundqvist, Jake Walman and a 2023 second-round pick.

The Blues also get blueliner Luke Witkowski in the deal.

Blues acquire Nick Leddy

“I think as the season progressed and we started to look for a defenseman, (Nick) was on that list of players that we’ve scouted intensely over the last couple of months,” GM Doug Armstrong said in a statement. “He’s a guy that can log big minutes at important times of the year on teams that play deep (into the playoffs). He’s a skater, a puck-mover, and I think it’s a dimension that will add to our group. With (Marco) Scandella, (Niko) Mikkola and (Robert) Bortuzzo, they are very similar players. (Jake) Walman is also a skater but doesn’t have the experience of a player like Nick. This gives us the option to play Nick with Colton (Parayko) or (Justin) Faulk and have the coaches work all six or seven of these guys into the lineup.”

Leddy, 31, has 16 points (one goal, 15 assists) in 55 games this season. The former first-round pick (No. 16 overall) in the 2009 draft was in his first season in Detroit after being traded to the Red Wings by the New York Islanders in July.

Leddy has 352 points (66 goals, 286 assists) in 831 career games with the Chicago Blackhawks (2010-14), Islanders (2014-21) and Red Wings.

Sundqvist, 27, has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 41 games this season. He was in his fifth season in St. Louis after playing his first two seasons in Pittsburgh. He has 87 points (36 goals, 51 assists) in 270 career games.

Walman, 26, has six points (three goals, three assists) in 32 games this season. The Blues selected him in the third round of the 2014 draft.

Witkowski, 31, has played in 132 career games with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Red Wings since 2014 but in just one game this season. He scored seven points (three goals, four assists) in 44 games this season with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

–Field Level Media