Leafs trade Kadri to Avalanche for Barrie in multi-player deal

Jul 2 2019, 6:07 am

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche have made a major trade, resulting in Nazem Kadri and Tyson Barrie changing teams.

The Leafs are sending Kadri, defenceman Calle Rosen, and a third-round draft pick to the Avs for defenceman Tyson Barrie, forward Alex Kerfoot, and a sixth-round draft pick.

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The Avs, who have more cap space than any other team in the NHL, will retain 50% of Barrie’s $5.5 million salary as part of the deal.

Kadri’s days were numbered in Toronto after a playoff suspension cost his team for a second straight year. The 28-year-old has spent his entire career with the Leafs since being drafted seventh overall in 2009.

In Barrie, the Leafs get another right-shot defenceman they so desperately need. The 27-year-old also gives Toronto another offensive threat on their blueline, as Barrie is coming off a 59-point season. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, while Kadri is under team control for three more years.

Kerfoot is a 24-year-old centre that scored 42 points (15-27-42) in 78 games last season. He’s currently unsigned as a restricted free agent.

It’s the second trade of significance for the Leafs today, as GM Kyle Dubas also sent Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown to Ottawa in a deal that included Cody Ceci and Ben Harpur heading to Toronto. Dubas also signed Jason Spezza as a free agent.

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