Canadiens move Lehkonen to Avalanche for 2nd-round pick, prospect

Posted: 22/03/2022 in NHL
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The Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Artturi Lehkonen to the Colorado Avalanche for a 2024 second-round pick and prospect Justin Barron, the teams announced Monday.

The Canadiens will retain 50% of Lehkonen’s $2.3-million salary, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Lehkonen, 26, is a pending restricted free agent. He’s notched 29 points in 58 games this season and is a highly effective two-way player.

Barron is a 20-year-old right-shot defenseman selected 25th overall by the Avalanche in 2020. He represented Canada at the 2021 world juniors and has 20 points in 43 games for the AHL’s Colorado Eagles this season.

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