A pair of young forwards are switching places.
The Colorado Avalanche continued their trading spree on Tuesday afternoon, dealing forward Tyson Jost to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Nico Sturm.
Interestingly, the move frees up roughly $1.3 million in space off the Avalanche's cap this season, and another $2 million for next season, possibly setting the stage for GM Joe Sakic to make another big splash in the six days remaining before the trade deadline.
From an on-ice perspective, though, this move signals a change of scenery for two emerging players who seemingly need it.
On the Wild's end of things, Jost is just 24 years old with some room left to grow.
Jost has struggled to put up the type of offensive numbers befitting of his status as the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, however, failing to produce a double-digit goal total for each of the past three seasons, and topping out at a career-high of 12 back in 2017-18. The Alberta native has seen his minutes decrease steadily this season as he fights for playing time in a loaded Avalanche forward corps, and perhaps could find new life in an elevated role in Minnesota.
The Avalanche, on the other hand, are receiving the more established player, with Sturm set to turn 27 in a little over a month.
Sturm has similarly struggled to hit double-digits in goals of late while playing sparing minutes this season, sitting with 17 points in 53 games to this point on the year, and 36 points in 111 total games for his career.
The German center seemingly has less upside than a player of Jost's caliber, having never really put up eye-popping stats at any stage of his career, but could certainly add a more physical presence to Colorado's lineup as they embark upon a deep playoff run, measuring in at a bruising six-foot-three and 209 lbs.
While this trade will certainly have a notable on-ice impact for both teams, it seems as if clearing Jost's $2 million off the cap is the Avalanche's way of teeing up another massive move in the days to come.