Avalanche and Wild swap forwards: Nico Sturm to Colorado, Tyson Jost to Minnesota

The Avalanche and Wild exchanged depth forwards Tuesday, with Colorado acquiring Nico Sturm and Minnesota getting Tyson Jost. It was the Avalanche’s second trade in as many days ahead of the NHL’s March 21 deadline.

Sturm, 26, is a pending unrestricted free agent with a $725,000 cap hit. He provides the Avalanche with size (6-foot-3, 206 pounds) and is a tenacious skater. Jost, 24, has a $2 million cap hit and is a restricted free agent after the 2022-23 season. He was the No. 10 pick in the 2016 draft, and though his offense didn’t progress as the Avalanche hoped for when they drafted him, he developed into a strong defensive player and capable penalty killer.

“Nico is a big, strong forward who also brings a heavy defensive presence,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. “He is a defensive-minded center who can chip in offensively, is good on draws and can contribute on the penalty kill.”

Sturm has 17 points in 53 games this season, and Jost has 14 in 59.

The move came after the Avalanche, who lead the NHL in points, acquired defenseman Josh Manson on Monday for prospect Drew Helleson and a 2023 second-round pick.

(Photo of Tyson Jost and Nico Sturm fighting for the puck: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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