Leafs complete 7-piece swap to send Zaitsev to Ottawa for Cody Ceci

It had been rumoured and unofficially confirmed over the last 24 hours, but now the trade is official. We knew roughly that it would be Zaitsev for Ceci, but now we know the full details, and it’s much bigger than that. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has the full details:

Deal is expected to be announced soon. It’s Zaitsev, Brown and Carconne for Ceci, Harpur, Luchuk and a pick. #Sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) July 1, 2019

Obviously this is a pretty big trade, so we’ll break it down piece-by-piece.
Leafs Pieces
Nikita Zaitsev
Obviously Leafs fan are well acquainted with Nikita Zaitsev and his questionable contract. Today, he was given this year’s signing bonus from the Leafs, clearing the way to send him to a cash-strapped team like Ottawa.
He filled a big role for the Leafs, but with concerning results. The much larger concern was his remaining contract, which lasts for another 5 years.
Connor Brown
Brown is another piece that we should be abundantly familiar with. He was a homegrown depth forward, after getting drafted in the 6th round in the 2013 NHL draft, he slowly worked his way through the ranks and earned a place on the Leafs. …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

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