Winnipeg Jets acquire Vladislav Namestnikov from San Jose Sharks

For the second time in three days, veteran striker Vladislav Namestnikov has been traded. First, he was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Michael Eyssimont. Just two days later, Namestnikov was traded again, this time to the Winnipeg Jets.

Namestnikov’s return is a fourth-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft. The 30-year-old veteran has six goals and 15 points in 57 games this year with the Lightning. He was a member of the Sharks for about 48 hours, but didn’t play any games for them.

Namestnikov is a veteran NHL journeyman who is effective in a bottom-six role. He played some of the best hockey in his career during two separate stints in Tampa. He was originally a first-round pick of the Lightning in the 2011 NHL Draft. He got a full-time role at Tampa in the years that followed and hit his peak in the 2017 season- 17, when he scored 44 points in 62 games before being traded for the first time in his career in February.

He then played for the New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning for the past five years.

Namestnikov signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Lightning before this season. He didn’t quite play the way they wanted, so he was dealt to the Sharks in a cost-cutting lateral move. The Lightning previously kept 50% of their remaining cap when they were sent to San Jose.

The Jets are looking to move up the standings and solidify their playoff position over the next few weeks. For the price of a fourth-round pick, Winnipeg hopes Namestnikov can be a valuable contributor in the team’s final six and at a cap of $1.25 million, that’s a low-risk bet.

Namestnikov has 113 goals and 251 points in 610 games in his NHL career.

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