Maple Leafs acquire Jake McCabe, Sam Lafferty from Blackhawks

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenceman Jake McCabe, ahead Sam Lafferty, a conditional fifth-round choose in 2024, and a conditional fifth-round choose in 2025 from the Chicago Blackhawks, the crew introduced Monday.

The Leafs are sending the Blackhawks a conditional 2025 first-round choose, a 2026 second-round choose, and forwards Joey Anderson and Pavel Gogolev.


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McCabe, 29, had two objectives and 18 assists for 20 factors in 55 video games with the Blackhawks this season. In 483 profession video games, McCabe has 24 objectives and 95 assists for 119 factors for the Buffalo Sabres and Blackhawks.

Chicago can even retain 50 per cent of McCabe’ wage, which suggests he’ll be part of the Leafs at a $2-million cap hit. He has two years left on a four-year contract.

A local of Eau Claire, Wisc., McCabe was the Sabres’ second-round choose, forty fourth general, within the 2012 draft.

“McCabe’s sport is way from flashy, however that’s the reason he’s interesting to groups seeking to shore up their blue line,” wrote Sportsnet’s Adam Vingan. “Physicality is McCabe’s calling card, and he’s nice at getting in the way in which of pucks.

“On a greater crew, McCabe won’t be required to play heavy minutes, which might in all probability profit him.”

Sportsnet’s Jason Buakala famous that following the additions of Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari, the Leafs had been properly positioned up entrance however wanted to spherical out their roster with one other defenceman. 

“The left shot defenceman from the Blackhawks is finest outlined as a two-way blueliner,” Bukala writes. “He’s been credited with 122 hits, 115 blocked pictures and would instantly develop into the chief in each classes with the Leafs.”

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Over his first three NHL seasons, Lafferty had 11 objectives and 32 factors in 140 video games. Given a much bigger alternative on the rebuilding Blackhawks this season, he has produced 10 objectives and 21 factors in 55 video games.

4 of Lafferty’s objectives are shorthanded, tied for the league lead. The speedy 27-year-old ahead, whose 9 shorthanded scoring possibilities lead the Blackhawks, can also be dependable within the faceoff circle, profitable 56 per cent of his defensive-zone attracts.

Lafferty, whose $1.15-million cap hit runs via subsequent season, matches the mildew of an unsung participant who turns into a key contributor throughout a playoff run.

“He’s beginning to put the items collectively and actually perceive the place he’s efficient within the sport along with his velocity and dimension,’’ Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson told the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘‘It’s distinctive. We had a man like that in Montreal, Josh Anderson, and everyone within the league needs a type of guys.”

Lafferty, a local of Hollidaysburg, Pa., was a fourth-round choose, 113th general, by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014.

Anderson has appeared in 14 video games for the Leafs this season, placing up two objectives and three factors whereas including 27 objectives in 30 video games within the AHL with the Toronto Marlies.

Gogolev has 48 factors in 33 video games within the ECHL with the Newfoundland Growlers. The Leafs signed the 23-year-old as a undrafted free agent in July 2021.

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