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NHL - US Sports: Avalanche add defenceman Manson

The Colorado Avalanche have acquired defenceman Josh Manson from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for unsigned prospect Drew Helleson and a 2023 second-round draft pick.

The Avalanche, 4/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, announced the deal for the 30-year-old on Monday, revealing that the Ducks will retain 50%!o(string=

Manson adds experience to Avalanche roster

Manson will become an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, but in the meantime will add depth to an Avalanche team who have their eyes firmly set on lifting the Stanley Cup.

6'3" Manson, has scored nine points (four goals, five assists) in 45 games for the Ducks this season which was his eighth with the franchise.

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Serving as an alternate Captain, the American with a right-shot ranked third in hit (116) and third in short-handed time on ice per-game (2.22).

Manson was drafted by the Ducks in the sixth round in 2011 and since has totalled 113 points (26 goals, 87 assists) in 453 regular season games.

He ranks fifth all-time among Ducks defensemen in games played, third in plus/minus rating (+39) and lead the franchise for hits by a blue-liner (1,083).

In the playoffs, Manson has appeared 22 times with three assists. In 2017, he helped the Ducks reach the Western Conference Finals.

Colorado (43-13-5) lead the Central Division and the overall NHL standings for a second reason running.

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