Detroit Red Wings acquire veteran defenseman Nick Leddy in trade

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The Detroit Red Wings have acquired veteran defenseman Nick Leddy, who could serve both as a partner for Moritz Seider and a trade chip at next season's deadline.

In exchange for Leddy, the Wings sent forward Richard Panik and the No. 52 pick in the 2021 draft to the New York Islanders. Panik was a throw-in in April’s Anthony Mantha-Jakub Vrana trade-deadline deal, and the pick was one general manager Steve Yzerman acquired at the 2020 deadline in the Andreas Athanasiou deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Panik had a goal and three assists in 12 games with the Wings, after posting nine points in 36 games with the Washington Capitals.

Leddy, 30, has one year left on his contract with a $5.5 million cap hit. He’s regarded as an offensive defenseman, having recorded 336 career points (65 goals, 271 assists) in 776 games.

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) is held by New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) as he tries to shoot Dec. 2, 2019, in Detroit.
Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) is held by New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) as he tries to shoot Dec. 2, 2019, in Detroit.

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Leddy had 31 points in 56 games this season. Eleven of those came during power plays, which is an area in which the Wings especially have struggled. He was drafted at No. 16 in 2009 by the Minnesota Wild. Leddy could potentially could serve as a partner for incoming rookie Moritz Seider, who has been vocal about how much it helped his development in Sweden this past season to be paired with veteran Eric Gelinas.

Leddy could also be a good trade-deadline chip for Yzerman next season, depending on how the Wings fare.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Red Wings trade for veteran defenseman Nick Leddy