BREAKING: Toronto Maple Leafs Acquire Defenseman in Trade Deal

Marvin Azrak
March 7, 2024  (11:30)

Brad Treliving Gm of the Leafs
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The Toronto Maple Leafs just landed their sought-after defenseman, Joel Edmundson from the Washington Capitals.

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Okay, so it's not the perfect match, but hear this: Edmundson might not be a righty, but he's a towering presence on the blue line, standing at a solid 6'5" and weighing in at 225 pounds. He's on the final stretch of a deal with a $3.5 million cap hit.
Sure, he might not fit the mold perfectly, but he'd definitely bring some much-needed grit and toughness to the Leafs' defense.
And get this – the Leafs have already crossed paths with Edmundson during the 2021 playoffs when he suited up for the Montreal Canadiens. So, they've got a good sense of what he brings to the table.
They're also retaining 50% of his salary, it's a great move that adds depth to their defensive lineup without breaking the bank.
The return going to the Capitals in exchange for Edmundson looks pretty promising. They're snagging a 3rd round pick in the 2024 Draft from the New York Islanders and a 5th round pick in the 2025 Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks.
Now, this might not seem like a blockbuster deal at first glance, but let's break it down. These draft picks are valuable assets that offer flexibility and long-term benefits for the Capitals. With solid scouting and player development, these picks could turn into key contributors down the line or be used as trade chips to bolster the team's roster in other areas of need.
Essentially, this deal sets the Capitals up for success not just in the short term, but also in the years to come. It's a smart move that helps them build for the future while still maintaining competitiveness in the present. Plus, it adds depth to their prospect pool, providing insurance against injuries or unexpected roster changes. All in all, it's a win-win situation for the Capitals.