Maple Leafs trade Kasperi Kapanen to penguins


The Maple Leafs traded winger Kasperi Kapanen to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a multiplayer deal that also puts Toronto in the first round draft.Kapanen, defense prospect Jesper Lindgren and winger Pontus Aberg go to the Penguins for the 15th pick in this year’s draft, forwards Evan Rodrigues and Filip Hallander and defenseman David Warsofsky.

Trade also allows Toronto to free up ceiling space. Kapanen, 24, has a cap of US $ 3.2 million for the next two years.

Toronto now has a first-round pick in this year’s draft after trading its first round (13th overall) to the Carolina Hurricanes last summer.

“Kasperi is a good young player who brings speed to our roster and plays the way we want to,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. “After writing it [22nd overall in 2014], we know him as a player and think he can improve our top six. ”

The trade involves two teams eliminated in the NHL postseason qualifying round earlier this month.

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Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas addresses the media during his end-of-season media availability. 28h00

Kapanen made his NHL debut with the Leafs in 2015-16. He has since played 202 games for Toronto, registering 41 goals and 49 assists. He transferred to Toronto on a successful contract for Phil Kessel in the summer of 2015.

Aberg of Sweden has had an assist in five games with the Leafs this season. He scored 20 goals and 44 points in 55 games for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

Lindgren, also a Swede, was a fourth-round pick for the Leafs in 2015. He has one goal and nine points in 31 games for the Marlies this season.

Rodrigues was acquired by the Buffalo Sabers Penguins on the trade deadline this year. The Toronto native, who is a restricted free agent, has six goals and four assists in 45 NHL games this season.

Hallander, a 2018 second-round pick, has played in Sweden for the past two years.

Warsofsky has spent the last two seasons in the AHL.


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