He’s a savvy Maple Leafs pickup, adding an affordable forward at the end of a career year. McCann, who has always possessed great ability but struggled with inconsistency, has it all set for Pittsburgh this season with 14 goals and 32 points in 43 games – an 82-game pace of 27 goals and 61 points. If he can replicate that number by joining another group of skilled forwards in Toronto, McCann will be a much-loved boon at $ 2.94 million. With the ability to play in the center or wing and strong defensive tendencies, McCann can be used throughout the Maple Leafs roster.
One concern for McCann is his lack of playoff goals in three playoff trips. This should be particularly alarming for a Toronto team currently struggling under playoff pressure. However, it never hurts to add a talented player and hope their playoff luck turns. Eventually, something has to give for Toronto, doesn’t it?
In Pittsburgh, this business must pick up. Rumors circulating around the squad suggest they might be making some unorthodox extension protection choices and this trade suggests McCann was not going to be protected, despite having a very solid season and a comfortable fit with the squad. . It also appears that GM Ron Hextall could have gotten more for McCann than a throwaway pick and a recycled prospect. Hallander, a 2018 second-round pick, is by no means a bad investment, especially after a year of working in Sweden. However, he was also considered consumable by the last Penguins administration and is now back and still not likely to be considered one of the team’s top three prospects. Yes, Pittsburgh needed to erase their pay this offseason, but McCann’s affordable contract appears to be the least of their worries and the return doesn’t justify the move enough.