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Maple Leafs acquire Galchenyuk from Hurricanes, trade Korshkov and Warsofsky

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Toronto Maples Leafs acquired Alex Galchenyuk in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. To complete the deal, the Leafs traded forward Egor Korshkov and defenseman David Warsofsky to the Hurricanes.

Galchenyuk, 27 was only just acquired by the Hurricanes along with forward Cedric Paquette on Saturday in a trade from the Ottawa Senators for forward Ryan Dzingel but he never suited up for them. Galchenyuk had been placed on waivers Sunday, and the 27-year-old forward remained in Ottawa waiting to see if he was claimed by another team.

Because Galchenyuk cleared waivers before being traded the Leafs have the freedom to move him back and forth in their taxi squad, and the bonus about him not heading stateside means, he does not have to quarantine for 14-days and can step into the lineup at any point.

When asked about the trade, after losing 6-5 in OT to their Ontario rivals last night, Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said “He’s another depth option for us to come in. We’ve been looking to find a mix in our bottom six (forwards), and I think he’s one of those guys that will compete for a spot like that. He gives us added roster flexibility given that he’s cleared waivers already, so that helps our depth.”

Galchenyuk was the No. 3 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Galchenyuk has played for four teams in three seasons (Arizona Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa) since being traded by Montreal to Arizona on June 15, 2018. He scored one goal in eight games for the Senators after signing with them as a free agent Oct. 28, 2020, and has 321 points (136 goals, 185 assists) in 557 NHL games, including a career-high 56 (30 goals, 26 assists) in 2015-16 for the Canadiens.

Korshkov was currently on loan from the Leafs to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL, where he has 16 goals and 31 points in 53 games. Korshkov played one game with the Leafs last season in which he scored a goal, while adding 16 goals and nine assists in 44 AHL games with the Toronto Marlies.

Meanwhile, Warsofsky, 30 from Marshfield Massachusetts has scored 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 55 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Penguins, New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche. He is currently assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. Warsofsky was a fourth round pick by the St. Louis Blues in the 2008 NHL entry draft and his rights were traded to the Bruins shortly afterwards for Vladimir Sobotka. He remained a member of the Bruins organisation until joining Pittsburgh in 2015.

by TOtimes Staff

SOURCE notes NHL.com

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