Nick Foligno trade grades: Maple Leafs add captain Blue Jackets to three-team deal
Maple Leafs CEO Kyle Dubas is always playing with his roster. During the season, he joined veterans Joe Thornton and Wayne Simmonds. In mid-February, Alex Galchenyu added and the recovery project was skating on the top line on Saturday night. Two days ago, Dubas added Riley Nash.
As Dubas told TSN’s James Duthie: “It’s no secret that we will be the team looking to select players within the deadline.”
Well, with less than 24 hours left in the NHL’s 2021 commercial season, Dubas has added another versatile bertsolari to Captain Nick Foligno Blue Jackets. The move was part of a three-team trade with the most recent term in hockey, which was used by a “troker team” known as the salary cap to complete the deal.
Here’s how the teams did it:
Maple leaves received from the colon:
Nick Foligno (F)
Blue jackets from Toronto:
The first draft of 2021, the fourth draft of 2022 and the Blue Jackets will keep 50% of Foligno’s contract
Maple leaves from San Jose:
Stefan Noesen (A)
Sharks collected from Toronto:
He will choose the fourth round of 2021, and San Jose will keep half of the remaining 50% of Foligno’s contract
Grade of sharks: B +
San Jose being a “broker team,” he got a fourth-round pick to help the Leafs. According to CapFriendly, The sharks had more than $ 10.5 million in space and will retain $ 1.375 million under Foligno’s contract.
The #SJSharks He saved $ 1.375 million from Foligno’s contract (UFA is pending). Noesen earned $ 925,000 this season. It’s not a complete cleanup, but sharks certainly have more space for the deadline (more than $ 9 million each) @CapFriendly) to make another similar agreement.
– Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) April 11, 2021
Blue Jackets Grade: A-
Of course, there were high hopes for the Blue Jackets to enter the 2021 season. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned, even after Pierre-Luc Dubois center-back Patrik Laine negotiated the Jets for wing displeasure. So the team, sitting in seventh place and with seven points from a playoff in the middle division, quickly became sellers.
You deserve a lot of credit to GM Jarmo Kekalain. After marketing unlimited free agent David Savard, who will soon be on Saturday, he sent another pending UFA to Folignora Leafs. He could see every player walk away with nothing – although it’s entirely possible, Foligno will sign with Columbus again this offseason – but he ended up with something.
Sending the heart and soul of the franchise and the team captain is not an easy move, but Kekalainen has put his club in a good place for the future. With two plays this weekend, the team has three first-round draft picks and a total of nine in 2021.
“Nick Foligno has been all you want in a captain, a representative of your team and an ambassador for your community. His contribution to the Blue Jackets franchise and the impact he and his family have had on the ice is disproportionate,” Kekalainen said in a press release announcing the deal. “We are grateful for everything that Janell (his wife) and his family have done for us and us over the last nine years. Seeing where we are right now, this move made sense for us as an organization and for Nick.”
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Maple leaf grade: A-
The Northern Division heads are ready for the Stanley Cup and have just added a versatile and rugged advance that could be a leading voice.
“I’m a guy who plays with movement, heart and hearts, and he told me that was the right move, so I went with him,” Foligno said, having to give up the motionless clause. “This is something I wanted to do. I thought it was good, so I’m looking forward to that opportunity.”
Folignon, 33, has a tough game and can provide a strong striker for a team that is more skilled than the grinders. As he pointed out, in talking to reporters, he mentioned how dangerous the Leaf Crime can be. Foligno is not quiet, however; Puck can also bury his 203 goals (seven this year) as evidenced by his career games with the 950 Blue Jacket and Senators.
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The place to enter the lineup, even after the 1st day, is not given because it can be entered anywhere. NHL Network Bill Lindsay has put Foligno in second place with John Tavares and William Nylander. If that is his landing place, the pair should skillfully adjust while creating space on the offensive field.
He has thrown 106 hits to 5v5 this season (per Natural Stat Trick); Jake Muzzin has 65 Leafs leaders. At the same time, it also brings a strong defensive game; He shot 27 shots in 5v5, which would put him sixth with Toronto.
Nick Foligno (Toronto in three picks and reaching an agreement with the holdings) is a very good defensive striker. I don’t expect him to get much points but he will help Toronto a lot. pic.twitter.com/dCPthTeTjN
– Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) April 11, 2021
The former Columbus captain brings a lot of experience as a leader, which is another team that needed a boost in previous years, such as when Foligno’s Blue Jackets sent a package from spring hockey to the Maple Leafs.
“There are a lot of great leaders in that room already, so I’m there to pull the strings like all these guys,” he said. “I think that’s the way they trust you and you get into it and you work at it. That’s my mentality, anyway. I work as hard as I can and I try to pull the guys and help them in any way I need to be.
“This is an opportunity for me, folks. Let’s just say it’s actually been a tough year here in Columbus and I take that responsibility a lot, so it’s an opportunity I don’t waste.”
The move is also good for Dubas, who will only have to pay 25% of Foligno’s contract.
Foligno will cost 25% of his cap #Leaves Leaving the $ 1.375 billion LTI salary easing and $ 2.7 million.
When Andersen is ready to return, they need to throw in $ 2.3 million to activate him, and they can do that by assigning Hutchinson, Marincin and Barabanov.https://t.co/BPt2vFET34 https://t.co/0URtn6cHT1
– CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) April 11, 2021
It will take a short time for Foligno and Noes to join the club, as they will both have to face a forty-day quarantine when they arrive in Toronto. Noesen, meanwhile, has split between the Sharks and AHL subsidiaries this season and is expected to make deep progress.
When it finally fits, Foligno will see some familiar faces from former Senator Jason Spezza, former Blue Jackets teammate (for two days) Nash and U.S. hockey team Auston Matthews.
It will also be popular with fans, as it will be given the number 71, which his father, Mike, also wore for the Maple Leafs.