In the midst of a contentious day in the Leafs blogosphere during which we all wonder what the heck Mark Hunter is doing, notice of a trade broke. Uncle Bob posted this tweet:
TOR gets Kerby Rychel from CBJ for Scott Harrington and a conditional pick.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 25, 2016
The pick in TOR-CBJ is a conditional 5th. If Harrington is put on waivers by CBJ and gets claimed, CBJ gets a 5th. If he clears, no pick.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 25, 2016
The condition was put in simply because Rychel doesn't need waivers for a couple of seasons, Harrington requires them now.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 25, 2016
Goodbye, Scott Harrington, we hardly knew you. Acquired in the Phil Kessel trade, he was last seen in the ranks of the Marlies in February of 2016, and his season ended when he sustained an upper body injury in January.
A left-shooting forward, Kerby Rychel was drafted 19th overall in 2013 by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Rychel has seen an increasing number of games in the NHL over the past two seasons. In 2014 he played most of the season with the Springfield Falcons, garnering three assists in five games with the Blue Jackets.
In the 2015-2016 season, Rychel played 37 games with the Lake Erie Monsters and 32 games in the NHL, registering 2G/7A in those 32 games.
In January of 2016, word got out that Rychel requested a trade. According to the Blue Jackets Xtra, his family was not happy with the way in which he was sinking in Columbus due to the abundance of talent at forward:
Rychel is an interesting case. You remember the dust-up at development camp, when Rychel's camp -- agent, father, possibly others -- met with Blue Jackets' officials and demanded an explanation as to why Rychel seems parked so deep on the depth chart? The Dispatch has been told repeatedly that Rychel asked for a trade before the season started, but the Blue Jackets have shown no interest in trading him. The New York Rangers, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Anaheim, Boston and Detroit have all reportedly shown interest, and why not? Rychel is a point-a-game player in the AHL and has plenty of sand paper. (Source)
Higher upside? Who knows. But 32 games in the NHL is surely more than 15.