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2021-22 Trade Deadline

St. Louis Blues acquire Nick Leddy, Luke Witkowski from Detroit Red Wings for Oskar Sundqvist, Jake Walman, draft pick

The St. Louis Blues have acquired veteran left-shot defenceman Nick Leddy and Luke Witkowski from the Detroit Red Wings for winger Oskar Sundqvist, defenceman Jake Walman, and a 2023 second-round pick.

Leddy, 31, has put up 16 points in 55 games while averaging about 21:30 a night for the Red Wings this season, who he joined last summer in a cap dump deal from the New York Islanders. Though he once produced stellar two-way results at the height of his career, time is undefeated, and his underlying profile has fallen off as a result.

There doesn't appear to be any salary retention on Leddy's deal, which carries a $5.5 million cap charge and expires at the season's end.

Sundqvist, 27, played exceptionally well in a depth role for the Blues after joining them in the trade that (briefly) sent Ryan Reaves to the Pittsburgh Penguins, helping them capture their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2019. His play in the three seasons since then has declined, and that makes his $2.8 million price tag through the end of next season a bit rich for a credible contender.

Walman, 26, has six points in 33 games this season playing about 12 minutes a night, and has generally produced strong underlying results in a sheltered, bit role with the Blues in the last two seasons.

Walman's contract pays him $725,000, and expires at season's end, at which point he'll be an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent.

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