Lightning Round: Tampa Bay’s potential first-round opponent made a trade
The Leafs acquired forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari in a three-team deal on Friday night
Almost two weeks before the trade deadline, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made their biggest move this season. On Friday night, the Leafs acquired forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari from the St. Louis Blues in a three-team trade, that also involved the Minnesota Wild. As a result, the Blues received Toronto’s prospect Mikhail Abramov, forward Adam Gaudette, first round pick in 2023, third round pick in 2023 (via Ottawa Senators) and second round pick in 2024. The Wild, who utilized their cap space to absorb a portion of O’Reilly’s cap hit, also received the Leafs fourth round pick in 2025. The Leafs will also get Josh Pillar, a Minnesota Wild prospect.
We have acquired Ryan O’Reilly & Noel Acciari in a three-team trade with St. Louis & Minnesota.— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 18, 2023
STL receives Mikhail Abramov & Adam Gaudette, TOR's 1st round pick in '23, OTT's 3rd round pick in '23 & TOR's 2nd round pick in '24. MIN receives TOR's 4th round pick in '25. pic.twitter.com/QAOUZvUZfH
To make this deal work, the Blues initially retained 50 percent of O’Reilly’s salary and traded him to Minnesota, who also retained 25 percent of his salary before trading to the Leafs. Therefore only $1.875 million will be counted against the Leafs cap. Before that trade the Leafs also placed goaltender Matt Murray on LTIR and assigned forwards Pontus Holmberg and Wayne Simmonds to the AHL to fit into a 23-man active roster limit.
Quick #LeafsForever recap:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) February 18, 2023
- Acquire O'Reilly (25%) and Acciari
- Place Matt Murray on LTI
- Assign Holmberg and Simmonds to the minors
All of the above transactions now have Toronto with $4,420,833 of usable space remaining in their LTI Salary pool.https://t.co/EPYf7mz9cz
Ryan O’Reilly is having one of his least productive seasons in the NHL so far. After 40 games with the Blues, he has just 19 (12+7) points and is on pace for 32 points in 67 games, which would be his lowest result since the 2010-11 season. This season was also tainted by a broken foot, due to which he missed 14 games in January. His underlying stats, however, are not that bad as he’s still driving play and creating chances with a very high rate, but was plagued with poor finishing on his team.
Ryan O'Reilly, acquired by TOR, is a top six two-way playmaking centre who typically has a very strong defensive impact. His production is down this year but he's still creating chances at a high rate. Big statement for the Leafs. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/hsQU5qzmGK— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) February 18, 2023
Most important graph on O'Reilly for me.— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) February 18, 2023
Arguably no forward in the league has been more unfortunate this season when it comes to his linemates finishing his chances and his goalie making a save. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/QNh4ns7Can
Noel Acciari is a strong bottom-six forward, who has 18 (10+8) points in 54 games this season. He’s very hard-working player, who also led St. Louis in hits with a big margin this season. Those skills will be very useful in the playoffs.
In O’Reilly, the Leafs are also receiving a very experienced playoff player, who has a Conn Smythe Trophy under his belt. Despite his offensive slump this season, he’s still a very strong two-way forward with good defensive numbers. With both O’Reilly and Acciari, the Leafs are definitely strengthening their depth, which was one of their issues in recent years.
Currently the Leafs are just one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning, while having played one more game than their opponent. With a 13-point gap behind the leading Boston Bruins and a 10-point lead ahead of the first wild card spot, the Leafs and the Bolts are almost destined to play in the first round of the upcoming playoffs.
The details of last season’s deal, which allowed the Lightning to acquire Brandon Hagel.
“You couldn’t have scripted this.”— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithNHL) February 17, 2023
Brandon Hagel was initially emotional when he got traded by @NHLBlackhawks. But one year later, both @Bhags9 + @TBLightning couldn’t be happier. Behind the scenes of the blockbuster https://t.co/qOFwfaA9Kz
The Syracuse Crunch signed forward Daniel Walker to an AHL deal. A 23-year-old player previously played for University of Waterloo in USports, where he had 20 points in 23 games this season.
The Lightning also reassigned forward Jaydon Dureau to the Orlando Solar Bears.
We have signed forward Daniel Walker to an AHL Contract.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 17, 2023
Additionally, the @TBLightning have reassigned forward Jaydon Dureau to @OrlandoHockey.https://t.co/CICbomaXw9
Meanwhile the Solar Bears defeated the South Carolina Stingrays on a Friday night.
Our @AdventHealthCFL Postgame Report: pic.twitter.com/tHt8Jy1cbl— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) February 18, 2023
Here are the results from last night in the NHL.
Friday saw three multi-goal comeback wins and the first 100-point player in the NHL this season.#NHLStats: https://t.co/TPfgh0D6Yr pic.twitter.com/V0y5sq4jzW— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 18, 2023
Connor McDavid became the first player to reach 100 points this season, but his team still lost to the Rangers in the shootout last night.
First to 100, but many more to come.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 18, 2023
Connor McDavid is the first NHL player to hit 100 points this season, his sixth time hitting the mark. 👏 pic.twitter.com/6zaoan0s8M
Pheonix Copley was given a match penalty and almost got into a fight with opposing goalie John Gibson in a game against the Anaheim Ducks yesterday.
Things are getting WILD between the Kings and Ducks and Pheonix Copley is at the center of the action#GoKingsGo | #FlyTogether pic.twitter.com/Wjl1i5zoHP— Hockey Daily 365 l NHL Highlights (@HockeyDaily365) February 18, 2023
The Boston Bruins and the Los Angeles Kings are expected to play a pre-season game in Melbourne, Australia next season.
Not completely finalized yet, but would expect an announcement in next couple weeks that the Bruins and Kings will play preseason game in Melbourne, Australia before next season. @KevinWeekes first reported league was looking into it back in January.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) February 17, 2023