Trade Alert: Jets acquire defenseman Nate Schmidt from Canucks

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Feb 17, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Nate Schmidt (88) skates against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Winnipeg Jets finalized a trade with the Vancouver Canucks to acquire defenseman Nate Schmidt in exchange for a 2022 third-round draft pick.

Schmidt, 30, waived his no-trade clause to allow the deal to go through. Vancouver is not retaining any of his $5.95M AAV salary.

Winnipeg has added two important pieces to their defense in 24 hours. Late yesterday, they traded for Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon.

Jets add Nate Schmidt

The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have acquired defenceman Nate Schmidt from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. 

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The Jets will be Schmidt’s third team in as many seasons. He is entering the third season of a six-year, $35.8 million contract he signed with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Vegas traded Schmidt to Vancouver before the 2020-21 season. In his lone season with the Canucks, the left-shot blueliner managed 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 54 games, a step down from his production with the Knights.

In an eight-year NHL career with the Washington Capitals (2013-17), Vegas (2017-20) and Vancouver (2020-21), Schmidt has played in 450 games and tallied 155 points (34 goals, 121 assists) while averaging 19:21 of ice time per game.

Schmidt is the second defenseman the Jets have traded for this week after acquiring Brenden Dillon from the Capitals.

–Field Level Media