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Rangers Trade Nils Lundkvist to Stars for Conditional First

The New York Rangers have traded defenseman Nils Lundkvist to the Stars in exchange for a conditional top 10 protected first-round pick in 2023.
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The Dallas Stars have landed a big-name prospect.

The New York Rangers have traded defenseman Nils Lundkvist to the Stars in exchange for a conditional top 10 protected first-round pick in 2023 and a conditional fourth-round selection in 2025. 

The Athletic‘s Shayna Goldman first reported the news.

According to the New York Times' Larry Brooks, if the pick ends up being a top 10 pick, it'll roll over to 2024.

Lundkvist has 25 games of NHL experience, recording four points in 2021-22 while also getting into 34 games with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. The 22-year-old blueliner has previously been a high-impact player with Sweden's national team and was named Swedish defenseman of the year after the 2020-21 season.

Skilled puck-moving defenseman don't become available often at Lundkvist's age, but with a crowded Rangers blueline, he requested a trade to earn a better shot at ice time. In Dallas, a fringe playoff team, he has that potential now.

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