With a month to go before the NHL trade deadline, the Toronto Maple Leafs decided to get some shopping done early. They picked up forward Ryan Dzingel and defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin from the Arizona Coyotes
The Coyotes receive forward Nick Ritchie and a conditional pick. It will either be a second-round pick in 2025 or a third-round pick in 2023. Ryan Dzingel has four goals in 26 games this season, while Lyubushkin is a right-shot D Man who is playing 18 to 20 minutes per game for the Coyotes. He has nine points in 26 games.
The Washington Capitals inquired about Artturi Lehkonen. Washington Hockey Now has all of the reporting and speculation about a potential trade. The Canadiens want Washington goalie Ilya Samsonov.
The NHL trade deadline is March 21. Joe Pavelski, Claude Girioux, Tomas Hertl, John Klingberg, Mark Giordano, Ben Chiarot and Jakob Chychrun are among players who could move. Detroit Red Wings players who might move include Nick Leddy, Vladislav Namestnikov, Troy Stecher, Marc Staal and Thomas Greiss.
TRADE: We’ve acquired forward Ryan Dzingel & defenceman Ilya Lyubushkin from Arizona in exchange for forward Nick Ritchie & choice of our third-round selection in ’23 or second-round selection in ’25. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 20, 2022
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Around the NHL
Detroit: Gemel Smith’s time with the Detroit Red Wings was short. He was claimed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Also, Jakub Vrana could be back in Detroit’s lineup near the end of month.
Boston: Hockey Now’s Joe Haggerty says the Boston Bruins need some prickly players
Pittsburgh: Why the Pittsburgh Penguins need Bryan Rust and why they can’t afford him.
Vegas: Frustrating setting in for the Vegas Golden Knights these days.
Vancouver: The Vancouver Canucks lost two defenseman to injury Saturday in a loss to the Anaheim Ducks.