Breaking down the Kapanen trade

To say the Kasperi Kapanen trade came as a shock is a bit of an understatement. In a normal year NHL teams generally treat the playoffs as an off limits time to pull off significant movements, and instead we are left waiting until after the Stanley Cup is presented before any real changes are made. This is certainly not a normal year, and it’s nice to see that Kyle Dubas is not treating it as such and has begun the overhaul of the Leafs lineup.

To Pittsburgh
To Toronto

Kasperi Kapanen
2020 1st Round Pick (15th Overall)

Jesper Lindgren
Filip Hallander

Pontus Aberg
Evan Rodrigues

David Warsofsky

Gone from the Leafs
Starting off by who the Leafs gave up, the Leafs have opted to move on from Kasperi Kapanen, the best player in deal, although we’ll get to the appeal of the mystery boxes from Pittsburgh in a bit.
Kapanen is a reminder that being fast isn’t always a recipe for success, and after his 20 goal season in 2018-19, he struggled to reproduce his success this year, and hasn’t been able to find any chemistry with Tavares, Matthews, or Kerfoot on the ice, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Petan, Agostino, Gravel, and Wilson cleared and can go about their Marlies business

Noon has come and gone and to shock of pretty much no one Nic Petan, Kenny Agostino, Kevin Gravel, and Garret Wilson are still Leafs. Errr…Marlies. While there may have been some worry about Petan being an appealing option to other teams, he too made it to the Marlies, and will provide the Leafs with that sweet, sweet organizational depth we all crave.
Additionally, the Leafs didn’t make any additions via waivers, which isn’t too surprising given that they are sitting at 48 out of a max of 50 NHL contracts, have no money to bring in anyone beyond what Liljegren’s contract is, so $863,333, and there’s the whole matter of having faith in the guys who have been working with the team throughout training camp.
Other Claims

ARIZ claims Comrie
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 1, 2019
That’s unfortunate for those of us wanted to upgrade in goal.

WIN claims Dahlstrom from CHI
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 1, 2019
Who cares? Makes sense for a team that needs a Byfuglien replacement.
AHL Trades?
Now that the Leafs have moved everyone to the Marlies, and they can be dealt without needing to clear waivers again, I wonder if players like Nic Petan, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation