Toronto Maple Leafs Add Nick Foligno

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Former Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno is now a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sunday afternoon heated up in a big way for Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas and the majority of Leafs Nation.

At 3:43 pm on Sunday, Frank Seravalli from TSN tweeted that multiple teams had offered a first-round pick for Nick Foligno and that Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen was considering his options.

About half an hour later at 4:14 pm, Frank also tweeted out that the teams involved appeared to be the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, and Toronto Maple Leafs.

While most of Toronto’s fans were keeping their fingers crossed that Kyle Dubas would be the lucky general manager to land Nick Foligno, some fans were not liking the idea of giving up a first-round pick for a rental. Even as a rental, if Foligno is the guy to help the Leafs get deep into the NHL Playoffs and potentially help them win the Stanley Cup, then you pay the price.

As minutes turned into an hour and then an hour and a half, finally at 5:47 pm Frank Seravalli announced that he was hearing that the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for Nick Foligno.

A few minutes later TSN’s Pierre LeBrun tweeted that he was hearing that Toronto and Columbus had a third team involved as a broker for some of Foligno’s salary cap hit. The team was believed to be the San Jose Sharks.

Then at 6:00 pm, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the trade for Foligno official by announcing the full three-team deal. They received Nick Foligno from Columbus for a 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 fourth-round pick. The San Jose Sharks received a 2021 fourth-round pick from Toronto in exchange for Stefan Noesen.

How Does Nick Foligno Fit Under Toronto’s Cap?

The Blue Jackets retained 50% of Foligno’s $5.5 million contract and the Sharks retained another 25% which means Kyle Dubas and the Maple Leafs only have to worry about $1.375 million towards their cap. This was a very smart trade by Kyle Dubas and his cap magician Brandon Pridham.

They knew that Foligno was the player they wanted to add, but knew it would be difficult even if the Blue Jackets retained 50%. So Kyle Dubas contacted San Jose general manager Doug Wilson and worked out a deal that would see the Sharks be a broker in the Foligno trade.

How Does Nick Foligno Fit In?

Foligno can fit anywhere in the Maple Leafs lineup. He will most likely spend most of his time on Toronto’s bottom six but can play with elite players in the top six when needed. He is a veteran of 14 NHL seasons and 950 games played. He is a grinder and is not afraid to hit.

Back in the off-season, Kyle Dubas said he wanted to make this year’s Maple Leafs hard to play against. Guys like Zach Bogosian, Wayne Simmonds, and now Foligno are the guys you need on your team if you want to be hard to play against. Foligno is a solid leader on and off the ice as well as a pain in the ass to play against.

Some Quotes From Nick Foligno To The Press

Foligno on the trade: “This is an opportunity for me, guys. Let’s be honest, it’s been a tough year here in Columbus… this is an opportunity that I get that I’m not going to waste”

Foligno on his fit with the Leafs: “My heart was telling me this was the right move. It felt right. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

Foligno on his Dad Michael Foligno playing with the Leafs in 1993 playoffs: “I’m not a big fan of Kerry Fraser.”

Foligno’s first words to Maple Leafs announcer Joe Bowen: “Let’s go win F*cking Cup!!!”

Final Thoughts

Nick Foligno is the player that the Maple Leafs needed to get. He is a guy that you would much rather have on your team than to have to play against him. He makes Toronto harder to play against and will be a key piece in helping Toronto go deep into the playoffs.

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