Mark Giordano is coming home to the Toronto Maple Leafs as they acquired the veteran defenceman and centre Colin Blackwell from the Seattle Kraken. The trade happened on Sunday for two second-round draft picks and a third-round selection.
In a conference call, Giordano said “to be able to be a part of this going forward and it being my hometown is obviously a huge bonus, … But to be able to come to a team that has a real good shot at obviously creating some damage in the playoffs is something I’m really excited about.” A part of the deal is that Seattle is retaining 50 per cent of Giordano’s US$6.75-million salary cap hit.
On Sunday, the Leafs shipped defenceman Travis Dermott to the Vancouver Canucks for a third-round pick in 2022. This is the second time in many seasons where the Leafs have acquired another team’s captain one day prior to the deadline after obtaining Nick Foligno from the Columbus Blue Jackets last year.
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