Ilya Lyubushkin signs with the Sabres on a two-year deal

One of the Leafs’ trade-deadline acquisitions has made the move to a divisional rival.

Ex-Leaf D Ilya Lyubushkin headed to BUF.
— Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 13, 2022

Bob McKenzie added that Ilya Lyubishkin’s deal with the Sabres is two years and is valued at $2.75 million AAV.
Lyubushkin arrived in Toronto as the result of Nick Ritchie failing to live up to expectations through the first five months of the season. The Coyotes took him on along with a conditional draft pick in exchange for Lyubushkin and Ryan Dzingel in a February trade.
He was not brought in to add some offensive punch to the backend, as he would only score six points in 31 games played after the trade along with a single assist in seven postseason games. But Lyubushkin added that snarl and physical element that was sorely missed after Zach Bogosian left in the summer of 2021 to rejoin the Lightning.
It obviously would have been nice to bring him back as a third pairing or seventh defenceman, but the contract he got from Buffalo was a hefty one and the best action was to let him walk. Now it will be up to Kyle Dubas to find the next Lyubushkin in free agency or within the organization.
Best of luck with the Sabres, Boosh!
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The Leafs select Dennis Hildeby with the 122nd pick in the 2022 NHL Draft

The Leafs made another move on the draft floor, trading next year’s fourth-rounder in exchange for the 122nd pick and selecting overage goaltender Dennis Hildeby out of Färjestad in the SHL.

The newest member of Leafs Nation: Dennis Hildeby #NHLDraft | #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 8, 2022

Hildeby, who stands 6’6″ and weighs 234 pounds, has already been passed over in the draft a couple of times but put up solid numbers this past season. Through 12 games at the J20 level, he put up a 2.80 GAA and .931 SV%, and managed a 1.93 GAA to go along with a .931 SV% through seven games in the SHL.

Dennis Hildeby i @farjestad_bk med sina första seger i hemmadebuten i SHL#SHL #twittpuck #ishockey
— (@SHLse) February 18, 2022

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