The Toronto Maple Leafs’ scary offense just added another weapon, as they’ve acquired forward Nick Foligno in a three-team trade Sunday. In return, the Columbus Blue Jackets received a 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 fourth-round selection. The third team in the trade, the San Jose Sharks, sent forward Stefan Noesen to Toronto in exchange for a fourth in the upcoming draft, agreeing to take on part of Foligno’s salary as well.

Toronto and San Jose are on the hook for 25% of Foligno’s salary, respectively, while Columbus retains the remaining 50% of Foligno’s $5.5 million cap-hit. The Blue Jacket’s captain has tallied seven goals and nine assists in 42 games thus far but brings a veteran presence and playoff pedigree to a Leaf’s squad who has been ousted in the first round (or qualifying round) of the playoffs in each of the past four seasons.

TSN’s Frank Seravalli first reported the trade via Twitter, sending the hockey community into a frenzy. The Maple Leafs now have an intriguing mix of young talent and veteran leadership with Foligno’s addition, joining the ageless Joe Thornton in Toronto. The Leafs also added depth-forward Noesen from San Jose in the deal. Noesen has failed to register a point in five games with the Sharks in 2020-21.

A first-round pick is a substantial return for Columbus, who will be atop the short-list of teams who will be in on Foligno during free agency this offseason. For the Scotia North-leading Leafs, the acquisition of Nick Foligno gives them a player who can slot into multiple parts of their lineup, contributing to all facets of the game. The 33-year-old could use the change of scenery as a jolt, making a Toronto team that averages 3.37 GF/GP (3rd in the league) even more dangerous upfront.

E2G Sports’ 2021 NHL Trade Tracker