The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Nick Foligno from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a three team swap that tossed the San Jose Sharks into the mix.
The Maple Leafs also landed Stefan Noesen from the Sharks, while Columbus wound up with a first round pick for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth round pick for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. San Jose received a fourth round pick for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
The Blue Jacket are on tap to retain half of Foligno’s contract, while the Sharks inked up to retain half of the 50 percent remaining. They’ll shell out about $1.375 million, which means Toronto only pays $1.375 million as well.
Foligno is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season.
Captain of the Blue Jackets since May 20 of 2015, the 33-year-old has 16 points in 42 games this season. He has 482 points in 950 regular season games with the Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators.
“Obviously I’m thrilled,” Foligno said via text message to The Canadian Press. “It’s a great opportunity for me to join a team and work towards winning a Cup. It’s really emotional and hard to leave Columbus during what’s been a tough season for us but to have the chance to chase a Cup with a team I believe is close, is all you can ask for. Looking forward to helping this group any way I can.”
Foligno will have to quarantine for seven days before officially joining his new squad in the North Division.
Toronto leads the division with a 28-10-3 record, good for a six point lead on the second-place Winnipeg Jets.
“A lot of the players, both (general manager) Kyle [Dubas] and (coach) Sheldon [Keefe] have reached out too,” Foligno said. “I think they’re excited about the opportunity to get to work. You can tell how focused that group is on trying to win, so I’m looking forward to joining that. It lines up mentally with where I’m at and what I feel is necessary to win hockey games.”
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