It's official, Leafs make late night, three-way trade
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It's official, Leafs make late night, three-way trade

A familiar face is back in Toronto.



The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Ilya Lyubushkin from the Anaheim Ducks in a three way trade also involving the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Due to both the Ducks and the Hurricanes retaining salary on this deal, the Leafs get Lyubushkin at a cap hit below the NHL's minimum salary contract.

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The 29 year old Russian blueliner returns to Toronto, the team he played for just two years ago. Lyubushkin played 31 games with the Leafs in 2021-22 after being acquired from the Arizona Coyotes. He has four assists in 55 games with the Ducks this season.

Read below for our earlier Leafs reports, published this afternoon.

UPDATE 2: Ryan Reaves is STILL the reigning, undisputed heavyweight champion of the NHL!

Check out Reavo and Arizona Coyotes forward Liam O'Brien going toe to to this evening!

Read below for our earlier reports on the Leafs today, published this morning.

UPDATE: According to NHL insider Frank Seravalli, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe and Buffalo Sabres head coach Don Granato have both been fined $25,000 each for "unprofessional conduct directed at the officials."

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Read below for our earlier report on the Leafs and goaltender Jospeh Woll's return to the lineup.

This just in, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach announced that goaltender Joseph Woll will get the start this evening against the Arizona Coyotes. It will be his first start since suffering a broken ankle back on December 7th, 2023.

Read below for our earlier report on the Leafs and their failed attempt to land veteran defenseman Chris Tanev

In case you missed it last night, the Dallas Stars acquired veteran defenseman Chris Tanev from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a 2nd round pick, a 3rd round pikc and prospect Artem Grushnikov.

There had been trade rumors circling Tanev and the Flames for weeks now, so no one was surprised when he was dealt but the price paid and the destination was a bit puzzling to some hockey fans. Insiders have led fans to believe that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks were hot after Tanev and that the veteran Dman was likely to fetch a 1st round pick via trade. In the end though, Dallas swoops in and acquires Tanev at a very affordable price. So... what gives?

What happened here?

Well, ESPN NHL insider Kevin Weekes reported last night that the Leafs were in fact in on Tanev, as they were on former Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov, but that Flames GM Craig Conroy had to be 'blown away' to consider trading either player to Toronto.

From Weekes:


Does this mean that Conroy is trying to extract more from Leafs GM Brad Treliving because of their previous association? Or did he really just receive the best off from Dallas?

Read below for our earlier report on the Tanev trade, published yesterday evening.

Earlier tonight, the Calgary Flames traded defenseman Chris Tanev to the Dallas Stars. In return, the Flames got a 2nd round pick, prospect defenseman Artem Grushnikov and an additional 3rd-round conditional pick in exchange for the blue liner.

It was also noted that Calgary is retaining half of Tanev’s salary cap.

However, this just in for insider Frank Seravalli, the New Jersey Devils are getting involved in this transaction. The Devils are retaining money on Tanev to help process the deal:

“NJD reserve list guy Cole Brady is part of the deal. They’re getting back a 4th round pick.”

This is the full trade details, involving the three teams: 

To DALLAS: Chris Tanev (75% retained), Cole Brady
To CALGARY: 2024 2nd Rd Pick, Artem Grushnikov, Conditional 2026 3rd Rd Pick, (50% of Tanev $)
TO NEW JERSEY: DAL 2026 4th Rd Pick (25% of Tanev $)

Tanev is the third pending unrestricted free agent getting traded out of Calgary this season. Nikita Zadorov and Elias Lindholm were previously moved to the Vancouver Canucks in separate deals. Tanev is in the final year of a four-year, $18 million deal he signed with the Flames in 2020, with a $4.5 million cap hit.

Through 56 games for the Flames this season, Tanev has put up one goal and 13 assists for 14 points. He was one of the most coveted trade bait on the board ahead of the March 8 trade deadline. In 14 NHL seasons with the Flames and Vancouver Canucks, Tanev has 32 goals and 153 assists for 185 points through 773 career games.

When asked about the addition of Tanev to his roster, Stars GM Jim Nill said to David Pagnotta: 

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to add a player of Chris’ caliber to our team. He is a proven defenseman with postseason experience that is comfortable in all situations on the ice. Chris is one of the best penalty killers in the NHL and will be a tremendous asset to our special teams play.”

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Source: Toronto Maple Leafs