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.
TRADE: We’ve acquired forwards Nick Foligno and Stefan Noesen in a multi-team trade with Columbus and San Jose. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 11, 2021
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.