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Avalanche trade Jost for Sturm in swap of centers with Wild

The 26-year-old Nico Sturm has nine goals, eight assists with a minus-5 rating in 53 games this season for the Wild.
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Minnesota Wild center Nico Sturm is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche acquired Nico Sturm from the Minnesota Wild for Tyson Jost in a swap of centers on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Sturm has nine goals, eight assists with a minus-5 rating in 53 games this season for the Wild, mostly on the fourth line. The native of Germany was signed as a college free agent out of Clarkson in 2019. Sturm won 51.1% of his career faceoffs, compared to just 39.5% for Jost.

The 24-year-old Jost has six goals, eight assists and a plus-1 rating in 59 games this season. He was a first-round draft pick by the Avalanche in 2016 out of North Dakota.

Sturm can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Jost is under contract for next season with a salary cap hit of $2 million.

The Avalanche, who are firmly in control of first place in the Central Division, acquired veteran defenseman Josh Manson on Monday in a trade with Anaheim.

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