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Avalanche trade for defenseman Josh Manson

Colorado sent Drew Helleson and a 2023 second-round pick to Anaheim in exchange.
Credit: AP
Colorado Avalanche left wing Valeri Nichushkin, left, passes the puck while pressured by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, April 9, 2021. The Avalanche won 2-0. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche made a move to acquire Josh Manson on Monday.

Manson, a 30-year-old defenseman, will join Colorado after spending the past seven seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, the team that selected him with a sixth-round pick in the 2011 NHL draft.

Colorado will be sending defenseman Drew Helleson and a 2023 second-round pick to Anaheim in exchange for Manson.

Manson is listed at 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds. This season, he has recorded nine points (four goals, five assists) in 45 games with the Ducks.

Colorado currently has a stranglehold on the Central Division standings and boasts a league-best 89 points as of Monday afternoon. The Avalanche will next play a pair of road games before returning home for a three-game homestand, beginning with Tuesday night's matchup with the Kings in Los Angeles.

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