The Toronto Maple Leafs made their first trade before the trade deadline on Monday and reportedly acquired stabilizing defenseman Mark Giordano from the Seattle Kraken on Sunday.
Giordano, 38, had spent his entire career as a member of the Calgary Flames before Kraken took him in their expansion draft last year and was the first captain in franchise history for them. Through 55 games this season, Giordano has won six goals and 23 points.
It’s almost become a cliché in a way, but Leafs GM Kyle Dubas certainly values local players coming home to play in Toronto. Jason Spezza, Wayne Simmonds, Michael Bunting, and obviously John Tavares; there are currently enough local players on the Leafs roster to fill out a full starting lineup. Now, Giordano is the latest Toronto native to be a Leaf.
With Jake Muzzin’s significant injury, it was pretty obvious this team was going to be active before the trade deadline, and getting the extremely experienced Giordano, the newest Leaf to have played in 1,004 games in his 16-year career, it is certainly a way of trying to provide some kind of security on the blue line.
Additionally, the 2019 Norris Trophy winner played multiple years in the same pairing with current Leaf TJ Brodie, but whether head coach Sheldon Keefe decides to reunite the two remains to be seen.
Now, Toronto has its first move out of the way and it will be necessary to see if there are more before 3 pm
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