Andreas Martinsen, an impending free agent, has been traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Sven Andrighetto, a 23-year-old 5’9” 180 pound right wing from Switzerland.
Martinsen is a 26-year-old Norwegian, who signed withthe Avalanche out of the German league prior to the 2015-16 season. He quickly made an impression as a heavy hitter with solid skating ability, who could compliment middle-six lines, but has fallen out of favor recently as they’ve struggled in the standings. He will likely play a similar role in Montreal, supplementing a fourth line hoping to get bigger and stronger for their push for the playoffs.
In Andrighetto, the Avalanche receive the Canadiens 2013 third-round draft pick. He’s played just 27 NHL games this season, registering two goals and eight assists while averaging just 11:29 of ice time per game. He’s played an additional 20 games with their AHL club, the St. Johns Ice Caps, putting up eight goals and 14 assists.
Canadiens acquire forward Andreas Martinsen from the Colorado Avalanche, in return for forward Sven Andrighetto. pic.twitter.com/ddljyCd2jY— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 1, 2017
Avalanche are getting a player with significantly more skill and offensive upside. Andrighetto, in his brief professional career, has demonstrated a noticeable amount of possession ability and could get a look on Colorado’s top lines before the season is over.