The Maple Leafs’ greatest transfer on the opening day of free company wasn’t a signing, however a late-day commerce that brings Tyson Barrie and Alexander Kerfoot to Toronto in alternate for Nazem Kadri, Calle Rosen and a choose.Tyson Barrie| Michael Martin/NHLI by way of Getty ImagesThough they opened the day with a reasonably notable commerce, transferring Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown to the Ottawa Senators in a deal for Cody Ceci and a few treasured cap house, the Toronto Maple Leafs had been comparatively quiet by means of the primary day of free company. There was a few finances signings right here, the addition of Jason Spezza there and with the afternoon turning into the night, it appeared as if that was going to be nearly it from Toronto on Day 1 of signing season.
Seems that wasn’t the case. Not by an extended shot.
In one thing of a blockbuster commerce – and in Toronto’s second six-piece swap of the day – the Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Tyson Barrie, heart Alexander Kerfoot and a 2020 sixth-round draft selection from the Colorado Avalanche in alternate for heart Nazem Kadri, defenseman Calle Rosen and a 2020 third-round draft choice. As a part of the deal, the Avalanche retained 50 p.c of Barrie’s $5.5-million cap hit, which saves the cap-conscious Maple Leafs $2.75 million.
Take a second. Wrap your head across the deal shortly. Now, let’s break this down.
From the Maple Leafs’ perspective, this deal checks about each potential field. The blueline, whether or not by free company or a commerce, wanted to be a precedence this summer season, and that Toronto was in on commerce talks with the Nashville earlier than the Predators shipped P.Okay. Subban to the New Jersey Devils tells us just a little one thing about how aggressive GM Kyle Dubas and Co. had been keen to get of their quest to patch up the again finish. Barrie, although, matches the invoice simply in addition to Subban, and a few would argue a lot better given the worth tag.
Not solely is he a right-handed blueliner, which is a sizzling commodity within the NHL, however Barrie performs with the precise form of tempo that has change into an indicator of the trendy Maple Leafs and might produce with the very best of them. This previous season, in reality, Barrie matched his career-best goal-scoring mark with 14 tallies and bettered his earlier greatest level whole by discovering the scoresheet 59 instances. He strikes effectively, strikes the puck higher and is a tantalizing addition to an already sturdy assault. He’s not merely one dimensional, although, and there’s a cause he was logging massive minutes in Colorado.
Kerfoot isn’t any throw-in, both. The Harvard product is simply two seasons into his big-league profession, however he established himself as a gentle middle-of-the-lineup producer on a Colorado outfit that was brief on these. In his rookie season, he notched 19 targets and 43 factors, following it up with a 15-goal, 42-point output this previous season. There’s no cause to consider he can’t have the identical offensive impression in the identical position in Toronto. Actually the one draw back to buying Kerfoot is that he’s an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent and he’s going to be looking for a elevate coming off of his entry-level deal. At something greater than $1.75 million, no matter cap house the Maple Leafs gained by the Avalanche retaining half of Barrie’s deal might be negated.
However no acquisition of this caliber comes with out its price, and shedding Kadri goes to sting. Sure, his transgressions have price Toronto within the post-season and the reminiscence of his newest suspension continues to be contemporary within the minds of Maple Leafs’ devoted. Nevertheless it’s additionally true that Kadri provided great worth. Not solely was he versatile and proficient, a second-line heart who was bumped right down to a third-line position solely as a result of he performed behind bonafide all-world stars John Tavares and Auston Matthews, however he was on a value efficient $four.5-million contract. Ultimately, although, it simply wasn’t team-friendly sufficient, notably not for a Toronto group within the midst of a cap crunch that’s going to require cautious consideration of each penny spent. If Kadri was going to stay on the third line, and there’s no means he was unseating Tavares or Matthews on the highest two traces, his $four.5-million deal was too wealthy.
For the Avalanche, nonetheless, Kadri is the right value and doubtlessly the right match behind top-line heart Nathan MacKinnon. Kadri gives energy down the center in Colorado that wasn’t there beforehand, and his addition makes it a lot simpler for the Avalanche to separate the trio of MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen and cargo up a two-line assault.
Setting apart the acquisitions of Rosen and the third-rounder, too, what Colorado additionally will get is a few certainty transferring ahead. Whereas Kerfoot was more likely to stay, chances are high Barrie was going to bolt as a free agent subsequent summer season. However his expiring contract is not the Avalanche’s concern, neither is there cause to fret about Barrie leaving as a free agent and Colorado receiving nothing in return. In a way, perhaps that’s GM Joe Sakic taking part in it secure, however the Avalanche aren’t able to contend for a Stanley Cup fairly but. They’re no less than one or two years out. And when that point comes, Kadri may very effectively nonetheless be on the identical high-value $four.5-million deal, which is a music for a second-line heart with 30-goal, 60-point potential in at present’s cap world.
If that’s the case, and if Barrie has the success in Toronto that almost all are already projected, it is a commerce that might be regarded again upon fondly by either side.
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Tags: colorado avalanche, toronto maple leafs, tradesConnect: Concerning the AuthorJared ClintonJared Clinton is a author and net editor with The Hockey Information. He is been with the group since 2014. He was born, raised and resides in Winnipeg, the place he could be discovered lacking the web on out of doors rinks throughout city.