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LEAFS PULL THE TRIGGER

2018-02-05

TORONTO -- In what can only be described as "shocking, the Toronto Maple Leafs said goodbye to one of their "young guns" over the weekend.

William Nylander, 21, was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche along with Andreas Johnsson in exchange for 2016 - 10th overall pick - Tyson Jost and first round draft picks in 2018 and 2019.

"We really had no intention on dealing Willie", said general manager Chris Baker.  "Unfortunately in this business when an offer like the one we received from the Avs comes along, you'd be silly not to at the very least entertain it."

With Nylander's contract set to expire at season's end and likely due a rather large increase on his entry level contract that pays him $894,167 annually, the Toronto brass elected to make a move now rather than be hamstrung by a potential holdout due to salary cap implications. Jost on the other hand is set to start his entry level deal that will pay him $885,833 for the next three seasons.

With finances the driving force it seems behind the Nylander/Jost deal, it shouldn't come as a shock to see the underlying trend in Toronto's other deal.

Jaromir Jagr, 45, was acquired from the Calgary Flames late Friday evening in a deal that saw Toronto cut ties with the rough and tumble Matt Martin as well as a youngster with some upside in Kerby Rychel.  

"Jaromir continues to defy logic," said Baker.  "Some might say that at 45, he's getting better with age.  It's something we feel as an organization, and we see his veteran savvy adding alot more than just goals and assists to our franchise."

In dealing both Martin (3yrs @ $2,500,000) and Rychel (1yr @ $863,333), the Maple Leafs save almost three million in salary with Jagr set to make a paltry million dollars this season.




Jean-Philippe Ouellet

Nice article... just need to find a name for your reporter ;)

LEAFS PULL THE TRIGGER
pair of impact deals made prior to puck drop

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Chris Baker forgot to add it in... Brandy Love wrote that one :p
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