The Jets acquired Schmidt, 30, for a third-round pick in 2022. The Canucks had previously acquired Schmidt from the Vegas Golden Knights in October 2020 for a third-round pick in 2022 as well.
The trade comes after Winnipeg sent two second-round picks to the Washington Capitals in return for defenseman Brenden Dillon on Monday night, apparently because Schmidt refused to be traded to the Jets. The Winnipeg Sun reported that the Jets had made “several attempts” to acquire Schmidt, but that it would not give up its amended no-trade clause to facilitate the deal.
That changed on Tuesday, as he joins former Golden Knights teammate Paul Stastny in Winnipeg. Known for his ability to move the puck, Schmidt never clicked with Vancouver’s system, totaling 15 points in 54 games after amassing 97 points in 196 games over three seasons in Vegas, where Schmidt was selected in the Draft. expansion of 2017. He has 155 points in 450 career games, having started his career with the Capitals.
Schmidt is signed throughout the 2024-25 season with a cap of $ 5.95 million.
Combined with their buyout of goaltender Braden Holtby on Tuesday, the Canucks have just over $ 26 million in open space before free agency begins on Wednesday. A good chunk of that will be spent on contracts for center young star Elias Pettersson and defenseman Quinn Hughes, both of whom are restricted free agents.