from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has acquired forwards Ryan O'Reilly and Noel Acciari in a three-team trade with the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild.
St. Louis will receive forwards Mikhail Abramov and Adam Gaudette, Toronto's first round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft, Ottawa's third round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft and Toronto's second round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft while Minnesota receives Toronto's fourth round selection in the 2025 NHL Draft.
St. Louis will retain 50% and Minnesota will retain 25% of O'Reilly's salary as part of the trade.
O'Reilly, 32, has collected 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) in 40 games with the Blues this season. In 978 career regular season NHL games with the Blues, Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche, the Clinton, Ontario native has recorded 691 points (252 goals, 439 assists) while adding 56 points (22 goals, 34 assists) in 64 career Stanley Cup playoff games. In 2019, O'Reilly was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy after leading the Blues to a Stanley Cup championship.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The Toronto Maple Leafs looked around the NHL for their playoff insurance, but eventually came back to Ryan O’Reilly.
In a bold move that might be his last big trade as general manager of the Maple Leafs, Kyle Dubas made a move to try and get the Leafs past the first round and beyond late Friday night.
With a lot of cap assistance in a three-team deal with O’Rielly’s rebuilding St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild, Dubas acquired what he hopes is the missing piece up front with centre O’Reilly in a complicated three-club swap.
O’Reilly has accomplished two feats denied most of the Maple Leafs: a Stanley Cup and defeating Boston in a playoff series. But the deal further mortgages Toronto’s draft future, with this year’s first round pick surrendered in the deal. Toronto also added some grit to its lineup with forward Noel Acciari from the Blues.
St. Louis will receive Toronto’s No. 1 pick, current farm team Toronto Marlie forwards Mikhail Abramov and Adam Gaudette, Ottawa’s third round selection in 2023 (acquired from Arizona in the Nick Ritchie trade last year) and Toronto’s second rounder in 2024. Minnesota receives Toronto’s fourth round selection in 2025.
For Toronto to fit the remainder of O’Reilly’s $7.5 million US cap hit for this season, the last on his expiring contract, St. Louis will retain 50%, Minnesota 25%.
Dubas just threw away all his draft picks for 2023 and next few years. Smells of putting all his chips on 'win now, or go home'. First round match-up for TO will loom extra large now.
If he wanted to win round 1, he should have addressed the D (sans Muzzin) and an oft injured Murray in net
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