Toronto Maple Leafs trade Kasperi Kapanen to Pittsburgh Penguins

Aug 25 2020, 9:57 am

After being knocked out of the qualifying round by the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Toronto Maple Leafs have already begun to make offseason moves.

The Leafs announced on Tuesday that several players were on the move in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, namely, Kasperi Kapanen.

Toronto is sending Kapanen, Jasper Lindgren, and Pontus Aberg to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In return, they’ll be receiving Evan Rodrigues, Filip Hallander, David Warsofsky, and Pittsburgh’s first round pick (15th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Kapanen was actually Pittsburgh’s first round pick in 2014, drafted 22nd overall. He was traded to Toronto as part of the Phil Kessel deal in 2015.

This past season Kapanen scored 13 goals and 23 assists in 69 games (13-23-26). He also has two years left on a $3.2 million AAV contract.

Lindgren and Aberg are smaller pieces in the package deal. Lindgren, a 23-year-old defenceman, has yet to crack a roster spot with the Leafs. Similarly, 26-year-old Aberg has had stints with several other NHL teams but only skated in five games with Toronto this season.

In addition to Pittburgh’s first round pick, Hallander appears to be the most intriguing player being sent to Toronto. The 20-year-old was drafted in the second round (58th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft.

The 6-foot-1 forward was a member of Sweden’s 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship squad but missed the 2020 tournament due to injury.

Rodrigues, who was born and raised in Toronto, has 199 NHL games under his belt (27-45-72) since being signed by the Buffalo Sabres in 2015.

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