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Dallas just added Nils Lundkvist who was refusing to report because he saw no clear path to making the team as he plays the same side as Fox, Trouba and Schneider. In exchange the rags get a first with more pieces possibly in play.


  Lundkvist is a power play specialist but only average on defense. Should be a perfect replacement for Klingberg 

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Damn, they picked another wrong Lundkvist, again... I didn't see that coming, the Stars were still desperate to find a reliable RHD despite signing Colin Miller earlier this summer.


I first thought the price was damn high: I mean, a first and a conditional fourth for a guy that hasn't taken his place yet in the big league, that's a lot. But the Stars have recently had a relatively good success in drafting with Hintz, Robertson, Heiskanen, Öttinger, not to mention the prospect pool with Stankoven, Johnston, Bourque and Harley. So statistically they could have busted these picks and get an aggregate of Faksa, Gurianov and a bit of Glennie. And as mentioned by @yave1964, if Lundkivst is only average on defense, that's a great replacement for Klingberg.

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Rangers trading Nils Lundkvist to Stars for 2 conditional picks

data:image/svg+xml,%3csvg%20xmlns=%27http://www.w3.org/2000/svg%27%20version=%271.1%27%20width=%27675%27%20height=%27450%27/%3eDec 3, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nils Lundkvist (27) plays the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports
By Shayna Goldman, Saad Yousuf and more
Sep 19, 2022


The New York Rangers are trading defenseman Nils Lundkvist to the Dallas Stars for two conditional draft picks, the team announced Monday. New York will receive a conditional 2023 first-round pick and a conditional 2025 fourth-round pick in the deal.


The 22-year-old played in 25 games for the Rangers last season, recording one goal and three assists.


Two league sources confirmed to The Athletic earlier this month that the Rangers were trying to move the unhappy young defenseman, who has seen the obvious on the right side of the defensive depth chart and realized there’s hardly any path to a top-six role coming out of training camp.


Lundkvist made the Rangers out of last season’s camp, but Braden Schneider made the jump from Hartford in December and didn’t relinquish the third-pair, right-side spot the rest of the way.


Lundkvist went to Hartford and had three goals and 15 points in 34 games, but didn’t see NHL ice again and was clearly No. 4 on the depth chart heading into camp.


The Stars came into the 2022 offseason starved for right-handed defensemen. They spent their first four draft picks of the 2022 draft on right-handed defensemen for the future and then signed Colin Miller on the first day of free agency for depth in the present. For Dallas to make a move to add help on the right side of the blue line isn’t terribly surprising, but the price certainly raises some eyebrows.


Lundkvist has been quite public about wanting out of New York so one would imagine that it would lower the leverage play for the Rangers.


Instead, New York was able to pry a first-round pick out of Stars general manager Jim Nill, who has been reluctant to part ways with that kind of draft capital. Dallas’ farm system is in good shape though, so that does make it easier to part with a first-round pick, but it’s not something Nill would do lightly.



Adding Lundkvist gives the Stars options for this season on the right side. They now have Lundkvist, Miller and Jani Hakanpaa, along with Miro Heiskanen, who is a natural lefty but has played comfortably on the right side for the bulk of his NHL career. The Stars’ offseason is still incomplete, however, as Jason Robertson remains unsigned. Training camp opens up on Thursday.

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