Vancouver #Canucks GM Jim Benning announced today that the club has acquired a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for defenceman Nate Schmidt.
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) July 28, 2021
The 30-year-old spent one season with Vancouver after three with the Vegas Golden Knights and four with the Washington Capitals before that.
He has four years remaining on the six-year deal he signed with Vegas back in 2018, which includes a modified no-trade clause and a $5.95-million cap hit. The Jets had previously been part of Schmidt’s 10-team no-trade list, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, meaning the defender waived said clause to facilitate the move.
With the Canucks receiving a 2022 third-rounder back in the deal, they’ve managed to recoup exactly what they gave up to acquire Schmidt from Vegas last off-season.
Through 54 games with Vancouver, Schmidt put up 15 points and averaged just over 20 minutes per night. His finest years have come in the three he spent in Vegas, during which he managed to top the 30-point plateau in each season.