In case you missed it, The Toronto Maple Leafs shipped 25 year old forward Josh Leivo to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for AHL forward Michael Carcone yesterday afternoon.
Leivo has just four goals and six points through 27 games with the Leafs this season, after spending most of the 2017-18 campaign in the press box as a healthy scratch. With the Leafs signing star forward William Nylander yesterday afternoon, you just knew that Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas would be forced to make a move up front or risk losing a player like Leivo for nothing on waivers. As it turns out, the Leafs at least get a player back for the AHL Toronto Marlies in Carcone, but one that doesn’t project to be a regular NHL player. To be fair though, the 22 year old Carcone has six goals and 17 points in just 20 games with the Canucks AHL affiliate Utica Comets this season, so there’s a chance that the kid could develop into a real player. If nothing else though, he provides the team with some good minor league depth.
While the Leafs may not exactly be thrilled with having to give up Leivo, his trade is the fulfilment of a promise made to him by Dubas. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Leafs promised Leivo that if he were to find his way back to the press box with little chance of getting back into the lineup, that he’d be moved to another team. With Nylander back, Leivo was on the move:
TOR promised Leivo when signed that if he were to fall out of lineup with limited opportunity to get back in, they would move him to a more favourable situation.
Again, the Leafs may have lost this trade, but at least you have to credit Dubas and the Leafs organization for standing by their word. Go get ‘em, Josh.