Former Montreal Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen has been traded to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for prospect defenseman Justin Barron and a 2024 second-round pick. Montreal is retaining half of Lehkonen's $2.3M cap hit this season. He will be an RFA in the offseason. (Frank Seravalli on Twitter)
Lehkonen, just 26, is a fantastic middle-six player who makes his teammates around him better. Largely considered the darling of hockey analytics, he is an extremely underrated player who will significantly improve Colorado's cup chances. He has 13 goals, 16 assists, and 29 points this season, while managing to have a 0 plus/minus rating despite being on one of the worst teams in the history of the NHL. As good as he is in real life, his skills don't quite translate to fantasy. However, while he should not be on fantasy rosters at the present moment, he may become a valuable commodity surrounded by better talent on a contending roster. Montreal gets a decent return for their best player this season as they begin their rebuild.