The Toronto Maple Leafs have pulled off a huge trade on the eve of the NHL trade deadline.
Forward Nick Foligno is on his way to the Leafs as part of a three-way trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks. Toronto will also get forward Stefan Noesen from the Sharks.
The Leafs are sending a 2021 first-round pick and a fourth-rounder in 2022 to Columbus. San Jose will receive Toronto’s fourth-round pick in this year’s draft.
As part of the deal, Columbus will retain 50% of Foligno’s contract, while San Jose will retain 50% of the remainder of the deal. That means the Leafs will only have to pay 25% of Foligno’s $5.5 million contract, which expires at the end of this season.
Foligno, 33, has 16 points (7-9-16) in 42 games this season. He has been the captain of the Blue Jackets since 2015. Noesen is a 28-year-old forward that has played most of this season with San Jose’s AHL team.