In Kapanen affair, Rutherford “puts all his cards on the table” – The Athletic


The trade: The Pittsburgh Penguins host forward Kasperi Kapanen, forward Pontus Aberg and defenseman Jesper Lindgren.

The Toronto Maple Leafs receive the 15th pick in the 2020 Draft, forward Evan Rodrigues, forward Filip Hallander and defenseman David Warsofsky.

Maple Leafs de Toronto: A-

It will be a real challenge to move the money in the offseason, so give Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas credit for striking early and pulling off that compromise now when it was still a possibility. The Maple Leafs come back in the first round and do so by playing from a position of strength. Kapanen is a talented player but he is not a perfect player either.

The big comeback here is the draft pick. An amateur scout said he sees the Maple Leafs returning to the top 15 as a chance for them to take advantage of a group of defensemen in that window that should be available after a first round of forwards.

“It’s heavy forward to …


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