Sharks ship Merkley to Avalanche in 4-player swap

The San Jose Sharks despatched Ryan Merkley to the Colorado Avalanche after the promising defenseman reportedly requested a commerce earlier this month. (Getty Photographs)

The Colorado Avalanche acquired defenseman Ryan Merkley and ahead Matt Nieto from the San Jose Sharks for ahead Martin Kaut and defenseman and Jacob MacDonald on Wednesday.

Merkley, 22, requested a commerce earlier this month, as reported by Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli. The 2018 first spherical decide has six factors in 39 video games as a rookie with the Sharks.

Nieto, 30, has eight targets and 15 factors in 45 video games this season. Nieto spent 4 seasons with the Avalanche between 2016 and 2020, registering 81 factors in 251 video games.

Kaut, 23, was Colorado’s Sixteenth-overall decide within the 2018 NHL Draft. In 47 profession NHL video games spanning over 4 seasons, the Czech ahead has three targets and 6 factors.

MacDonald, 29, was signed by the Florida Panthers on two-year, two-way contract in 2018 after going undrafted out of Cornell College. MacDonald has 12 factors and 21 penalty minutes in 76 profession NHL video games.

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