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Leafs’ trade for Hawks’ blueliner Jake McCabe ahead of deadline

The Toronto Maple Leafs are going all-in ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline on Friday. After already buying Ryan O’Reilly from the St. Louis Blues, Leafs’ common supervisor Kyle Dubas brought in veteran defenseman Jake McCabe from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

The Leafs acquired McCabe and Sam Lafferty from Chicago, in return for a top-ten protected 2025 first-round choose, a 2026 second-round choose, Joey Anderson and prospect Pavel Gogolev.

Chicago is retaining 50 % of McCabe’s contract, and sending two conditional fifth-round choices again to Toronto. If the 2025 first-round choice is within the prime ten, Chicago will get Toronto’s 2026 first-round choose as a substitute.

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We’ve acquired Jake McCabe, Sam Lafferty, a conditional fifth spherical choose in 2024 and a conditional fifth spherical choose in 2025 from Chicago in trade for a conditional 2025 1st spherical choose, 2026 2nd spherical choose, Joey Anderson and Pavel Gogolev

— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 27, 2023

Jake McCabe is a superb get for the Leafs, because the veteran blueliner nonetheless has two extra years on his contract, and might be an important piece within the playoffs this season and past. At an affordable $4 million per 12 months, the Maple Leafs will solely must pay $2 million of that with the wage retention.

The 29-year-old McCabe has been productive for the Blackhawks this season, compiling 20 factors in 55 video games, a tempo that will see him blow his earlier profession excessive of 22 factors out of the water.

However he might be relied on primarily for his physicality, particularly on the penalty kill; he’s sturdy in entrance of the web and is greater than prepared to dam photographs. Essential qualities for a depth defenseman come playoff time.

Sam Lafferty can be having a career-best season, with 10 targets and 21 factors in 51 video games.

It’s been an admittedly spectacular few weeks for Kyle Dubas, Brendan Shanahan and the complete entrance workplace ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline.

The Leafs have introduced in 4 stable additions with out giving up a single roster participant: Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari from the Blues and now Jake McCabe and Sam Lafferty from the Hawks.

It’s clear Toronto goes all-in as they attempt to advance previous the primary spherical of the playoffs for the primary time since 2004.

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