With the #NHL Trade Deadline looming at 3pm ET on Monday, the Toronto Maple Leafs have checked off two big boxes on most Leafs fans’ wish lists – a top six winger and some secure goaltending options; all while not having to move any prospects or current roster players.
GM Kyle Dubas made a couple of splashes over the weekend prior to the deadline day. Unlike Leafs teams from the past, standing pat was something Dubas & Co did not have in their plans. With a few statement moves made over the weekend, it’s clear that the Leafs are going all-in on this season.
Toronto Acquires Riley Nash
Dubas made his first move on Friday after acquiring injured F Riley Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a conditional 7th round pick. In doing so, the chess match began. In order to maximize the LTIR relief, the Leafs recalled D Martin Marincin and G Michael Hutchinson which got them to within $26, 973 from the limit. They then placed G Frederik Andersen on LTIR giving them a LTI Salary Pool of $5M which allowed them to pick up Nash – with the intention of placing him on the LTIR as well.
Toronto Acquires Nick Foligno
With cap-space made from the move above, Dubas went on to acquire veteran F Nick Foligno from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a three-way deal that included the San Jose Sharks. As such, in addition to Foligno, the Leafs obtained F Stefan Noesen from the Sharks. The return – a 1st rounder in 2021 and a 4th rounder in 2022 to Columbus and a 4th rounder in 2021 to the Sharks.
Toronto Acquires David Rittich
Then late Sunday, Dubas made another move by acquiring some insurance between the pipes trading a 2022 3rd rounder to Calgary for G David Rittich.
Once again, Kyle Dubas showed some wizardry with these recent moves – acquiring experience and depth where needed without moving a single roster player or prospect in the minors. Genius! Now the question awaits – is he done? Several hockey insiders suggest he may still be on the hunt to land another defenseman to help bolster their blue line as they prepare for a playoff run in a few weeks. Only time will tell – but at this point, Leafs Nation has something else to look forward to as the Leafs are in Montreal tonight for a 7pm ET puck drop.
In addition to the Leafs great season so far, backup goalie Jack Campbell has come in and dominated the crease having gong 11-0-0 so far this season. After defeating the Ottawa Senators 6-5 on Saturday, Campbell set a NHL record for the best record to start the season since Carey Price went 10-0. Campbell will look to improve to 12-0-0 tonight as he goes up against Jake Allen who is 5-6-4 so far this season.