Toronto Maple Leafs common supervisor Kyle Dubas kicked off his commerce deadline, buying ahead Riley Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets in alternate for a conditional seventh-round draft decide in 2022.
The seventh-round draft decide turns into a sixth if Nash performs in 25% of Maple Leafs’ playoff video games in response to Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun. He signed a three-year deal with the Blue Jackets again in 2018 and was just lately positioned on long run injured reserve as he’s out for 4 to 6 weeks resulting from a sprained knee. A lot of work had to be done so as to ensure that he match below he Maple Leafs cap earlier than being positioned on long run injured reserve.
Nash performed in 37 video games whereas registering two objectives and 7 factors with the Blue Jackets this season. His profession greatest got here again in 2017-18 with the Bruins as he had 15 objectives and 41 factors.
Why Make This Deal?
On the floor, buying a participant on LTIR doesn’t appear to make sense contemplating that Nash received’t return till the playoffs start. Making this transfer is sensible because it provides the Maple Leafs some cap flexibitility. Nash has a cap hit of $2.75 million and is an unrestricted free agent when the season is over. The Maple Leafs can use his contract to get further cap area as well as to the $1.7 million they had before the deal. This provides Dubas the power to probably make one other transfer earlier than deadline day.
When the playoffs come round and Nash is taken off LTIR, it received’t have an effect on the Maple Leafs monetary scenario as there isn’t any wage cap within the playoffs. This is named the Patrick Kane Loophole because the Chicago Blackhawks used the very same technique when Patrick Kane was injured in 2015. Kane returned and was in a position to assist the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup that season.
Nash Provides Nice Depth to Roster
Nash is a really dependable depth participant and could be a helpful addition if the Maple Leafs need to make a deep playoff run. His management presence and expertise within the postseason may gain advantage the Maple Leafs and provide great consistency. He has actually nice pace and has the drive to have interaction successfully on the forecheck, whereas additionally contributing to the crew’s penalty kill. He averages simply over a minute of short-handed time on ice per recreation.
Nash would most likely slot in on the fourth line, bettering their centre depth. He’s very efficient defensively as he’s in a position to shut down performs in his personal finish. A side that has grow to be a power for the Maple Leafs this season. In the intervening time Pierre Engvall is the fourth line centre and will very properly be out of the lineup when Nash returns for the playoffs. Nash additionally has the power to play the wing in the event that they select to maintain Engvall in.
Whereas one other transfer may very well be within the works, this can be a welcome boost for Dubas and the Maple Leafs.
Wage Cap info from Cap Friendly.
Hockey has been an enormous a part of my life since watching my first Leafs recreation to at the moment teaching minor hockey. I beforehand interned at The Hockey Information and labored on Toronto Marlies broadcasts for Rogers TV. Apart from hockey, I additionally get pleasure from drumming, animation and impressions/ voices.