Canadiens trade Artturi Lehkonen to Avalanche for prospect, pick

The Hockey Central panel discusses the trade that netted Colorado a promising young player in Arturri Lehkonen from Montreal, what he brings to the table, and how he fits on the Avalanche.

The Colorado Avalanche continued to load up for a Stanley Cup run, trading for Montreal Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen on Monday, Sportsnet can confirm.

The Canadiens receive defenceman Justin Barron and a 2024 second-round pick. Montreal will retain 50 per cent of Lehkonen's salary.

Lehkonen, 26, has 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points in 58 games this season. Third on the Habs in points, Lehkonen is also fourth in assists and tied for third in goals. He is two points shy of matching a career-high 31 points, set over 82 games in 2018-19.

Lehkonen has 149 points (74 goals, 75 assists) in 396 career NHL games, all with the Canadiens, who selected him in the second round (55th overall) in 2013.

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