DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche sent customary defenseman Ryan Graves to the Novel Jersey Devils on Thursday night in a cross made with an eye on the upcoming expansion draft of the Seattle Kraken.
In replace, the Avalanche bought forward Mikhail Maltsev and a second-spherical selection this 12 months from Novel Jersey.
By buying and selling Graves — along with Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson agreeing to waive his no-motion clause — the crew can present protection to defensemen Devon Toews, Cale Makar and Samuel Girard. The Devils beget a good deal of room to give protection to Graves.
Stable lists are due Saturday, and the expansion draft is Wednesday.
The 26-12 months-customary Graves had two dreams and 13 assists over 54 video games with the Avalanche final season. He led the crew in blocked shots with 91 and used to be second in hits with 77.
He used to be steady on the blue line for Colorado since he used to be bought Feb. 26, 2018, from the Novel York Rangers. His plus-40 rating in 2019-20 led the league, the key time an Avalanche participant carried out the feat since Milan Hejduk and Peter Forsberg (plus-52) in 2002-03.
Graves will bolster a Devils protection that used to be so-so final season. The main cogs are Ty Smith, Damon Severson and P.Okay. Subban. Will Butcher spent worthy of the 12 months within the doghouse.
“Ryan brings physicality, size, an means to protect in tough situations and a fearless compete stage that makes him tough to play towards,” Devils commonplace manager Tom Fitzgerald mentioned in an announcement. “His assertive form of play and means to play with young defensemen are characteristics that fit into what we’re constructing with our neighborhood.”
Colorado picks up one more scoring threat to join the likes of Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. The 23-12 months-customary Maltsev had 9 facets and three assists in 33 contests for the duration of his rookie season. He looked in his first NHL recreation on Jan. 31, 2021, at Buffalo.
The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Maltsev used to be a fourth-spherical consume of the Devils in 2016. He additionally played in Russia, the set he had a intention and seven assists in 35 occupation Kontinental Hockey League video games with SKA St. Petersburg.
Colorado has a good deal of astronomical gamers who are free brokers, including captain Gabriel Landeskog and goaltender Philipp Grubauer. There’s additionally forwards Brandon Saad, Matt Calvert, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Carl Soderberg, goaltender Devan Dubnyk and defenseman Patrik Nemeth.
AP Hockey Author Stephen Whyno and AP Sports Author Tom Canavan contributed to this characterize.
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