The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Nazem Kadri and defenceman Calle Rosen to the Colorado Avalanche for defenceman Tyson Barrie and forward Alex Kerfoot.
The two clubs also swapped draft picks as part of the deal, with Toronto obtaining a sixth round pick for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and the Avalanche scooping the third round pick from the same draft.
Also as part of the deal, the Avalanche will retain half of Barrie’s 2020 salary cap hit.
The trade comes as part of a very active, very interesting Canada Day for the Maple Leafs.
Not only did Kyle Dubas start the day with a six-player trade that sent Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown and Michael Carone to the Ottawa Senators for Cody Ceci, Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk, and a draft pick, but he signed Jason Spezza to a one-year deal.
Taking an overview, the deals change the fundamental defensive look of the Maple Leafs. Ceci is a restricted free agent, however, and it looks like he’ll sign a contract similar to Zaitsev’s to remain in Toronto for about a year. That leaves only Brown’s cap hit to come off the books.
On paper, Ceci isn’t much of an improvement over Zaitsev at the position. But throwing Barrie in the mix changes things. While Ceci isn’t a puck possession blueliner, Barrie can and will carry the puck and quarterback the power play. The 27-year-old gives the Maple Leafs a right-hand shot and that will help flesh out the defensive picture a great deal.
As for the Avalanche, Kadri clearly fits the bill.
“(He) will immediately fit right in as our second-line centre and improve our scoring depth,” Colorado general manager Joe Sakic said. “Calle is a young defenceman with upside who has played in the AHL and has also seen some NHL time over the last two years.”
More to come…