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The Toronto Maple Leafs have themselves a brand new face in the fold, having acquired defenseman Conor Timmins from the Arizona Coyotes earlier today in a trade that sent forward prospect Curtis Douglas to the desert.
The move was deemed necessary by Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas after veteran Morgan Rielly was placed on LTIR after having suffered a Grade 1 or 2 MCL sprain earlier this week. And according to Keefe, there's plenty to work with when it comes to Timmins.
"He's a bigger guy that we have and we know he's competitive," Dubas told reporters before his team played against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. "The way he thinks the way he's able to make plays and reliable both offensively and defensively. And he's just 24. There's a lot there to work with."
Dubas explained that Timmins will meet his new teammates and make his first appearance on the practice ice wearing the Leafs colors by tomorrow. However, he didn't plan on releasing a timeline for him to get into game action, leaving the decision up to head coach Sheldon Keefe.