Detroit Red Wings News: Patrik Nemeth dealt to Avalanche for draft capital

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The Detroit Red Wings have kicked off the trade deadline season with a trade with an old rival.

The Detroit Red Wings have traded defenseman Patrik Nemeth to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick for the 2022 season. This is the first trade of the trade deadline season for the Red Wings.

Detroit Red Wings General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman has continued working through his famed Yzerplan. This is the first move from the team as the trade deadline closes in, and it seems like it might not be the last.

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Besides the player for the draft pick, the Red Wings will be retaining $1.5 million of Nemeth’s contract.

The big-bodied defenseman has been serviceable for the Red Wings and will be a good depth addition for the Avalanche.

On the other hand, the draft capital will help the Red Wings keep adding prospects into the mix as the rebuild continues on.

So far in 2020-21, Nemeth has played in 39 games where he has two goals and six assists for 8 total points. In terms of plus-minus is just minus-one on the season.

Nemeth may be the first player to be traded, but the Red Wings are more than likely to make some more moves if the opportunity presents itself.  Yzerman gave a former foe and rival, Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, a call to complete the deal.

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The Detroit Red Wings are likely not done yet; keep an eye on them as the trade deadline gets closer.