The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded winger Kasperi Kapanen to the Pittsburgh Penguins for someone, we just don’t know who.
Kasperi Kapanen is being traded to PIT— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 25, 2020
Sounds like a 1st and cap space is part of return for the Leafs. https://t.co/TBeO1ch9Pe— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) August 25, 2020
Kapanen, 24, was originally acquired by the Leafs from Pittsburgh in the 2015 trade that sent Phil Kessel to Pennsylvania. Kapanen had some terrific moments in Toronto with his elite speed and breakaway skills, and he developed into a dangerous penalty killer. On the other hand, he seemed to bump into a specific ceiling as an overqualified third-liner who never quite delivered when given chances in the top six. He had a disappointing season, but still ranked 6th in our Top 25 Under 25 series for the organization. He has two years left on his deal at a reasonable $3.2M cap hit. Best of luck to Kappy with his new, old franchise.
TOR D prospect Jesper Lindgren also going to PIT. Sounds like a first-rounder is key part of return. TOR clearing space— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 25, 2020
Here it is:
Details for Penguins:— Rob Rossi (@Real_RobRossi) August 25, 2020
RW Kasperi Kapanen
D Jesper Lindgren
LW Pontus Aberg
Maples Leafs getting:
2020 Rd 1 pick (15 overall)
LW Evan Rodrigues
C Filip Hallander
D David Warsofsky#Pens | @TheAthleticPGH | @TheAthleticNHL
please forgive any type
Some additional thoughts off the cuff:
That’s going to be a decent first rounder this year if the Leafs keep it.
Evan Rodrigues is easily a decent NHL forward who can take up the Kapanen slack
Jesper Lindgren is unlikely to make the NHL in a meaningful way, but he has got skills and he’ll be a loss to the Marllies.
Pontus Aberg has signed a one-year deal in the KHL, and to my knowledge was not intending to come back to the NHL this year. He’s still an RFA, but is unsigned.
Filip Hallander is:
Here's my quick blurb on Hallander from my 2018 Draft Rankings. pic.twitter.com/P8vWlgAa3F— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) August 25, 2020
David Warsofsky is a good AHL defender from one of the best AHL systems there is. He’s 30, on a two-way contract, so he doesn’t impact cap space in the offseason, and will be a good addition to the Marlies whose defence is a touch too young.