Wild Acquire Nyquist from Blue Jackets

The Minnesota Wild have acquired Gustav Nyquist from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round pick. This trade makes perfect sense for the Wild, who get a player who can score and brings even more speed to the team. The Blue Jackets also retained 50% of his cap hit.

The Wild are still in the playoff hunt to lock up a spot in the Central Division. They are currently in third, three points behind the Dallas Stars for the first. But, they are also only two points ahead of the Seattle Kraken for the second wildcard spot. As a result, GM Bill Guerin made some moves to acquire some secondary scoring. Along with this trade, he and the Wild also traded for Marcus Johansson from the Washington Capitals for a 2024 third-round pick.

Both of these additions will help the Wild, however, Nyquist's impact won't be right away. He is still dealing with an injury and is expected to be out for the remainder of the season. If the Wild can make the playoffs, and he can return, he should be able to help in the middle-six.

So far this season, he has 22 points, 10 goals and 12 assists, in 48 games. Last season, he played in all 82 games and had 53 points. The Wild already have their main offensive producers like Krill Kaprizov, and Joel Eriksson Ek, but a team can always improve on their secondary scoring. Which is exactly what the Wild did by acquiring Nyquist from the Blue Jackets.

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