Vancouver Canucks acquire Nikita Zadorov from Calgary Flames for two draft picks

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David Quadrelli
6 months ago
The Vancouver Canucks just can’t stop making trades.
Shortly after 3 PM Pacific, Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin announced that the club had traded for Calgary Flames defenceman Nikita Zadorov, sending a third and fifth round pick back Calgary’s way. In a tweet, the Canucks wrote:
“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.”
Zadorov, 28, makes $3.75 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. The Canucks’ holes on defence have been noticeable in the games they’ve played since it was announced that Carson Soucy would be out for up to two months a couple of weeks ago.
Adding Zadorov means the Canucks will be able to rely less on Quinn Hughes and Filip Hronek. Zadorov is going to be a mainstay on the Canucks’ penalty kill and instantly becomes one of the club’s four-best defencemen.
With the trade rumours surrounding both Zadorov and Chris Tanev, it’s a bit surprising that the Canucks only had to give up a third and fifth round draft pick to acquire the 6’6 nearly 250-pound defenceman.
Here’s what FlamesNation writer Mike Gould had to say about what the Canucks are getting in Zadorov:
Big Z is a very chaotic player. He’s huge and skates with the puck with a ton of confidence. Sometimes, that confidence is misplaced, but he’s generally quite a bit more trustworthy than, say, Tyler Myers. He’s a likeable guy who should fit right in on a second or third pairing under Tocchet in Vancouver. Expect some big hits and, on occasion, some big goals.
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