The Toronto Maple Leafs have added some forward depth, just days ahead of Monday’s NHL trade deadline.
The Leafs have acquired centre Riley Nash in a trade with Columbus Blue Jackets, in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2022. The seventh rounder will become a sixth round pick if Nash appears in 25% of the Leafs’ playoff games in 2021.
The 31-year-old veteran has scored seven points (2-5-7) in 37 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He scored a career-high 41 points in 2017-18, when he was a member of the Boston Bruins.
In 578 NHL regular games with Carolina, Columbus, and Boston, Nash has recorded 172 points (63-109-172), plus eight points (2-6-8) in 32 career Stanley Cup playoff games.
Nash will likely play a bottom-six forward role with the Leafs, and can contribute on the penalty kill if needed.