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According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman, the Vancouver Canucks traded former Washington Capitals left-handed defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night in exchange for a 2022 third-round pick. Schmidt was hesitant to waive his no-movement clause to go to the Jets at first but ultimately did it.
Word was that the 30-year-old was unhappy in Vancouver after being dealt by the Vegas Golden Knights on October 11, 2020, which upset him. Schmidt was on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list while the Canucks had problems containing the virus in April, when most players, coaches, and family members tested positive for it.
Been suggested to me Paul Stastny sold Nate Schmidt on what’s happening in Winnipeg
— Patrick Johnston (@risingaction) July 27, 2021
Schmidt recorded five goals, 15 points, a -7 rating, a 45.34% five-on-five Corsi-for percentage, a 45.56% five-on-five expected goals-for percentage, and a 43.41% five-on-five scoring chances-for percentage in 54 games last season. He averaged 20:06 per game, including 1:04 on the power play and 1:45 on the penalty kill.
In 450 career regular-season games with the Capitals, Golden Knights, and Canucks, he has recorded 34 goals, 155 points, and a +81 rating. In 68 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Schmidt has posted six goals, 25 points, and a +12 rating.
The best season of Schmidt’s NHL career came in 2017-18 when he set career-highs in assists (31) and points (36) and posted a +19 rating with the Golden Knights.
In 200 career games with the Capitals, Schmidt recorded eight goals, 43 points, and a +36 rating. The Capitals penciled him to be in their top-four defense corps for the following season as they were set to lose Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk in free agency before the Golden Knights swiped him in the expansion draft.
The Capitals signed Schmidt as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Minnesota in 2013.
The Capitals attempted to make a trade to protect Schmidt in the expansion draft but the cost was goaltender Philipp Grubauer and forward Tom Wilson.
The Capitals traded left-handed defenseman Brenden Dillon to the Jets on Monday night for a second-round pick in the 2022 and 2023 NHL Drafts.
The Canucks traded former Capitals center Jay Beagle to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday as part of a trade that sent left-handed defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and right-wing Connor Garland to Vancouver. The team bought out the final season of former Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby’s contract (which carried a $4.3 million cap hit) on Tuesday and he will become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
Schmidt has four seasons left on a contract that carries a $5.95 million cap hit.
Nate Schmidt, traded to WPG, is an offensive defenceman who didn’t seem to have a very nice time in Vancouver’s system. Strong track record but the term is a decent risk. #GoJetsGo pic.twitter.com/ySnT8SrmLT
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) July 27, 2021
By Harrison Brown