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The New York Rangers traded defenseman Nils Lundkvist to the Dallas Stars for a conditional first-round pick in 2023 and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2025.

If the Stars’ 2023 first-round pick is in the top 10, the Rangers will receive their 2024 first-rounder. Furthermore, if Lunkdvist accumulates 55 points over the next two seasons, the fourth-round pick becomes a third-rounder.

Lundkvist, the 28th overall pick in 2018, requested a trade out of New York last week.

The 22-year-old is listed at 5-foot-11, 187 pounds, shoots right, and profiles as an offensive defenseman. He tallied just a goal and three assists in 25 games as a rookie in 2021-22 but recorded 15 points in 34 contests with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.

Lundkvist’s desire to be dealt stems from his displeasure with being demoted to the AHL in January. With Adam FoxJacob Trouba, and Braden Schneider making up the right side of New York’s blue line for the foreseeable future, Lundkvist’s path to NHL playing time was blocked.

However, he should receive ample opportunity to carve out a full-time role with the Stars, who are thin on right defense. Here’s their current projected blue line without Lundkvist:

Ryan SuterMiro Heiskanen (L)
Esa LindellJani Hakanpaa
Thomas HarleyColin Miller

Dallas lost John Klingberg in the offseason, so the club may look to Lundkvist to replace some of the offense lost when the fellow Swede departed.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are acquiring three-time All-Star Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz in exchange for Lauri MarkkanenCollin SextonOchai Agbaji, three unprotected first-round picks, and two pick swaps, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Sexton, who was a restricted free agent, agreed to a four-year, $72-million contract via sign-and-trade as part of the blockbuster deal, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports. His new contract with the Jazz is fully guaranteed, adds Charania.

Utah receives first-rounders in 2025, 2027, and 2029 as well as pick swaps in 2026 and 2028, per Wojnarowski.

Mitchell and Darius Garland should form one of the NBA’s most potent backcourts. The ex-Jazz guard registered at least 20 points per contest during his five-year tenure with the club and posted four top-15 finishes in the league’s scoring race.

Utah entered a rebuild this offseason following another early playoff exit. The Jazz dealt franchise center Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves in July as part of another blockbuster trade that netted four first-round picks along with a pick swap.

The Jazz have now amassed 13 unprotected or lightly protected draft picks through 2029.

Markkanen joined the Cavs last summer in a three-team sign-and-trade agreement with the Chicago Bulls and Portland Trail Blazers. The 7-footer averaged 14.8 points and shot 35.8% from downtown over 61 appearances during the 2021-22 campaign. Markkanen has three more years remaining on his deal, but his salary for the 2024-25 season is only partially guaranteed.

Cleveland drafted Sexton eighth overall four years ago. The Alabama product made 11 appearances during the 2021-22 campaign after sustaining a season-ending meniscus injury in November. He averaged 20 points on 45.8% shooting over four seasons with the Cavs but struggled on the defensive end.

Agbaji was the Cavs’ first-round selection in this year’s draft. The 6-foot-5 wing capped off a solid collegiate career in April with a national championship. He posted 18.8 points per game and drilled 40.7% of his triples en route to earning consensus first-team All-American honors during his senior year with Kansas.

The Philadelphia Eagles are trading wide receiver Jalen Reagor to the Minnesota Vikings, the Vikings announced Wednesday.

Minnesota will acquire the third-year wideout in exchange for a 2023 seventh-round pick and a conditional 2024 selection; the conditional pick could be a fourth- or fifth-rounder depending on statistical achievements.

Reagor, 23, has struggled to find a role in the Eagles’ offense since they selected him 21st overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The TCU product recorded 31 receptions for 396 yards and one touchdown during his rookie campaign. He followed that with 33 receptions for 299 yards and two scores last season.

Reagor found himself buried behind A.J. BrownDeVonta SmithZach Pascal, and Quez Watkins on Philadelphia’s receiver depth chart.

Reagor will become teammates with two-time Pro Bowler Justin Jefferson two years after being drafted one spot ahead of him. Reagor, who could provide value in the return game, joins a Vikings receiving group that also features Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn.

Minnesota waived Ihmir Smith-Marsette after adding Reagor.

The New Orleans Saints have traded defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Eagles announced Tuesday.

New Orleans will receive the Eagles’ 2023 fifth-round pick and the lower of Philadelphia’s two 2024 sixth-rounders in exchange for Gardner-Johnson and a 2025 seventh-round selection.

The Saints opted to move Gardner-Johnson after extension talks broke down, sources told Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The 24-year-old is entering a contract season.

“I want to say: That was not an easy decision … We wouldn’t have done that if we didn’t feel extremely confident in the group we that we have,” Saints head coach Dennis Allen said.

Gardner-Johnson is expected to be a full-time safety with the Eagles after New Orleans used him in a versatile role.

Selected by the Saints in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Gardner-Johnson spent the first three seasons of his career with New Orleans. He started 31 games (with 12 further appearances), producing 161 total tackles, three interceptions, and 28 pass defenses.

The Eagles made room for Gardner-Johnson in their secondary by releasing Anthony Harris, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Harris, 30, started 14 games last year in his lone season with the NFC East club.

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded wide receiver Laviska Shenault to the Carolina Panthers on Monday.

The Jaguars will receive a 2023 seventh-round draft pick and a 2024 sixth-round selection, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Shenault, 23, spent his first two seasons with Jacksonville after being selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Colorado product recorded 121 receptions and back-to-back 600-yard campaigns.

The Panthers have been active in their search to add depth to their receiving corps. Carolina was reportedly in contact with the New York Jets about Denzel Mims‘ availability following his trade request.

The team instead opted to acquire Shenault to bolster a Panthers wideout group that features DJ MooreRobbie Anderson, and Rashard Higgins.

Carolina also traded offensive lineman Dennis Daley and its 2024 seventh-round pick to the Tennessee Titans for a 2024 fifth-round selection.

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded forward Oliver Bjorkstrand to the Seattle Kraken on Friday in exchange for a third- and fourth-round selection in the 2023 draft.

Bjorkstrand led the Blue Jackets with 28 goals in 2021-22, and his 57 points ranked second on the team.

The Blue Jackets had to shed some cap space after adding Johnny Gaudreau and re-signing Patrik Laine on lucrative deals. Bjorkstrand has four years remaining on his current deal and carries a cap hit of $5.4 million.

“It was a difficult decision to trade Oliver, who has given so much to our organization over the past seven years,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.

Bjorkstrand’s deal includes a 10-team no-trade list that kicks in for the 2022-23 campaign.

Picked by Columbus in the third round of the 2013 draft, Bjorkstrand has 111 goals and 123 assists in 382 games, all with the Blue Jackets.

The Calgary Flames have traded star forward Matthew Tkachuk and a conditional 2025 fourth-round draft pick to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jonathan HuberdeauMacKenzie WeegarCole Schwindt, and a conditional 2025 first-round draft pick, the Flames announced Friday.

Florida subsequently inked the winger to an eight-year deal through the 2029-30 season, the Panthers announced. Tkachuk’s new contract is worth $76 million, according to Andy Strickland of Bally Sports Midwest.

The draft selection heading to Calgary is lottery-protected, according to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff.

“Matthew is a tenacious, physical competitor who possesses a tremendously unique skill set,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said in a statement. “He is a consistent elite offensive contributor and has emerged as one of the most complete and dynamic young players in the National Hockey League. We are thrilled to be able to add a generational talent to our lineup.”

Tkachuk reportedly informed the Flames earlier this week that he had no intentions of signing a new long-term deal with the club. The 24-year-old apparently provided Calgary with a list of teams he’d sign a long-term contract with, including the Panthers.

The Flames selected Tkachuk sixth overall in 2016. The American is coming off a career year in which he posted 42 goals and 62 assists en route to an eighth-place finish in the NHL’s scoring race.

Meanwhile, Huberdeau will fill Johnny Gaudreau‘s spot on Calgary’s top line after the latter bolted in free agency. Huberdeau was fifth in voting for the Hart Trophy last season, registering a league-leading 85 assists and 115 points over 80 appearances.

Weegar also had a strong 2021-22 campaign, tallying 44 points, 156 blocks, and 179 hits across 80 games as he earned some down-ballot votes for the Norris Trophy.

Both Huberdeau and Weegar are set to hit unrestricted free agency next summer.

“On behalf of the entire Florida Panthers organization, we would like to thank Jonathan and MacKenzie for their immense contributions to the Florida Panthers, both on and off the ice, during their tenures in South Florida,” Zito said in a statement. “They have both blossomed into exceptional athletes and people. Their contributions as players and people made an indelible mark on our franchise, and we wish them both continued success in their future.”

Schwindt made his NHL debut last season, going pointless in three appearances. The right winger was a third-round selection of the Panthers in 2019.

The Ottawa Senators traded goaltender Matt Murray and two picks to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for future considerations, both teams announced Monday.

Murray has two more seasons on his deal at a cap hit of $6.25 million, but Ottawa will retain 25% of the 28-year-old’s salary as part of the agreement. He will cost just under $4.69 million against the Leafs’ books per season.

Toronto will receive the Senators’ third-round selection in 2023 and a seventh-round pick in 2024.

Murray won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017, becoming the first goaltender to accomplish the feat as a rookie in the process. He owns a sterling .921 save percentage and 2.18 goals against average in 51 career playoff appearances.

However, he was unable to live up to expectations after signing his current four-year, $25-million contract with the Senators in October 2020. Injuries marred his two-season tenure in Ottawa: Murray was only able to suit up for 47 games in Canada’s capital, where he authored a .899 save percentage and 3.23 GAA.

Murray saw a slight uptick in performance this past season after logging a career-worst 3.38 GAA in 2020-21. He sported a .906 save percentage and 3.05 GAA in 2021-22 while putting up one shutout in 20 showings.

A non-COVID-19 illness sidelined him to begin the campaign, kicking things off on the wrong foot. He then suited up for two games before sustaining a head injury. Murray eventually returned to action for another three contests before testing positive for COVID-19.

Then the team placed him on waivers and sent him to the AHL in November. At the time, Murray said he felt the Senators were making him the scapegoat for their early-season struggles.

“I do, yeah. I also think that’s part of what you sign up for as a goalie. I think that comes with the territory,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve been bad, but I haven’t been good enough to win.”

Murray returned to the crease in the NHL in January and improved markedly before being forced to miss the Senators’ remaining 29 games of the season. He rocked a 2.96 GAA and .912 save percentage during his final 14 appearances of the campaign.

The Penguins’ third-round selection in 2012 owns a career 2.77 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 246 NHL games.

Murray played junior hockey with the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds under current Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas and head coach Sheldon Keefe.

The Maple Leafs will reportedly be hunting for another cheaper goaltender, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. Pending unrestricted free-agent goaltender Jack Campbell was Toronto’s starter in 2021-22, and he’ll now almost certainly hit the open market on July 13.

The Carolina Hurricanes traded defenseman Tony DeAngelo to the Philadelphia Flyers for a trio of draft picks, the teams announced.

The Canes will receive a 2024 second-round pick, a 2023 third-round pick, and a 2022 fourth-round pick. The Flyers are also getting a 2022 seventh-rounder.

Philadelphia is also signing DeAngelo, a restricted free agent, to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $5 million, according to LeBrun.

DeAngelo, 26, recorded 51 points in 64 games with the Canes last season – his lone campaign in Carolina. He’s regarded as a talented offensive defenseman, but he struggles defensively.

Before joining the Canes, DeAngelo spent the previous four seasons with the New York Rangers before they bought out his contract. DeAngelo was infamously involved in a skirmish with Rangers teammate Alexandar Georgiev in 2020-21 and was placed on waivers the next day.

DeAngelo now joins a Flyers blue line that projects as follows:

Ivan ProvorovRyan Ellis
Travis SanheimTony DeAngelo
Cam YorkRasmus Ristolainen

However, Ellis missed all but four games last season, and his status for 2022-23 is still in question.

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, will need reinforcements on their blue line. The team only has Jaccob SlavinBrett PesceBrady Skjei, and Jalen Chatfield signed for next season. Ethan Bear is an RFA, but his return isn’t guaranteed. Both Ian Cole and Brendan Smith are UFAs.

The Washington Capitals traded goaltender Vitek Vanecek and the 46th pick in the 2022 NHL Draft to the New Jersey Devils for the No. 37 and No. 70 selections, the Devils announced on Friday.

Vanecek appeared in 42 games for the Capitals in 2021-22. The 26-year-old posted a 20-12 record with a 2.67 GAA and .908 save percentage. He also recorded four shutouts.

There have been a number of moves involving netminders in recent days. On Friday, the Detroit Red Wings acquired Ville Husso from the St. Louis Blues, which followed trades involving Petr Mrazek and Alexandar Georgiev on Thursday.