The Vancouver Canucks have made another trade that completes a puzzle.
In a move that shakes up the team’s defense in a good way, the Vancouver Canucks have pulled off a big trade with the Calgary Flames, acquiring defenseman Nikita Zadorov.
The announcement came on Thursday as part of a strategic trade arrangement.
The Canucks sealed the deal by offering a 2024 fifth-round pick and a 2026 third-rounder to the Flames in exchange for Zadorov.
General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that the #Canucks have acquired D Nikita Zadorov from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft (acquired from CHI) and a third-round pick in 2026.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 30, 2023
The fifth-round pick involved in the deal originally came from a separate agreement with the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this week, which also saw forward Anthony Beauvillier in the mix.
Zadorov, who expressed his desire for a trade from the Flames on November 10th, brings a wealth of experience to the Canucks’ lineup.
The 28-year-old defenseman has showcased his skills, tallying one goal and five assists in 21 games this season, marking his third year with the Flames after a transfer from the Blackhawks in 2021.
During his tenure with Calgary, Zadorov notably achieved his career-best performance, scoring an impressive 14 goals in the previous season and delivering a personal-best of 22 points the year before.
Originating from Moscow, Zadorov initiated his NHL journey with the Buffalo Sabres after being selected as the No. 16 overall pick in the 2013 draft.
He then transitioned to the Colorado Avalanche, spending five successful years in the Mile High City from 2015 to 2020 before his stint with the Flames.
The Canucks take on the Vegas Golden Knights tonight in a battle of the Pacific division.