Kyle Dubas acquired off to an excellent begin on this 12 months’s NHL commerce deadline by bringing Riley Nash to Toronto.
At lunchtime on Friday night time, information broke that the Toronto Maple Leafs had acquired heart Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a conditional seventh-round decide. This choice comes two days earlier than the NHL commerce deadline.
Riley Nash traded to Toronto
Break the commerce
Nash, 31, performed for 3 completely different groups throughout his 10-year NHL profession. He has 63 objectives and 172 factors in 578 video games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Boston Bruins and Blue Jackets.
The twenty seventh total decide within the 2007 draft has two objectives and 7 factors in 37 video games for the Blue Jackets this season. That was earlier than struggling a sprained knee in a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
By buying Nash, the Maple Leafs gained greater than another heart. Previous to the commerce, the Leafs had round $ 1.7 million in wage cap area.
By signing a contract that may be positioned on a long-term harm reserve, the Leafs took the every day wage cap out of the equation, they now have $ 2.75 million in area.
On a associated be aware, the Maple Leafs have additionally reportedly positioned goalie Frederik Andersen on the LTIR to achieve extra wage cap area because the deadline approaches.
Freddy Andersen went for retroactive LTI at present, which does not essentially imply something in the long term given how a lot time he missed. Riley Nash will match into the LTI Corridor with the Leafs after which go on LTI himself. He is a participant the Leafs love when he is in good well being.
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In return, the Leafs ship the Jackets a seventh-round decide – improved to a sixth spherical if Nash seems in 25 p.c of the Leafs’ playoff video games this 12 months. In addition they profit from not having to put in writing Nash a examine as they, alongside most companies on the planet at present, try to get better from the present monetary scenario of COVID.
What began the commerce
Apart from all of the wage cap shenanigans Kyle Dubas and his staff executed fantastically, the transfer makes numerous sense for the Leafs.
Nash brings a a lot wanted arrest heart to Toronto. He will not provide you with a exceptional offense, however he’ll have the defensive guts and rumble you need in playoff time – that is when Nash needs to be obtainable to play once more.
The transfer additionally permits GM Dubas to probably transfer Alexander Kerfoot into a much bigger transfer by the deadline. Kerfoot has been a relentless in Maple Leaf commerce rumors because the No.1 NHL staff (at press time) seems to be to dramatically enhance the roster and do some playoff injury this shortened season.
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