The Maple Leafs are going for it.
Leafs GM Kyle Dubas made a statement Sunday night, when he acquired gritty forward Nick Foligno from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth-round pick in 2022. The Buds also acquired forward Stefan Noesen in the deal.
The Leafs currently lead the North Division, and look poised for their best run at the cup in a long time. The 33-year-old Foligno is a pending unrestricted free agent. He has seven goals and 16 points in 42 games this season.
Foligno will have to serve a seven-day quarantine before he can officially join the Leafs, as per the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols. Foligno also told reporters in a zoom call Sunday night that in light of the current situation surrounding the virus in Ontario, his wife and kids will stay behind in Ohio.
When Foligno does eventually suit up for the buds, he’ll do so wearing #71 – the same number is Dad, Mike, work while playing for the Leafs from 1990-1993.
In a separate deal, the Leafs also acquired goaltender David Rittich from the Calgary Flames.
The NHL’s trade deadline is April 12th at 3 PM.
Feature image courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets via Twitter