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Maple Leafs add a big piece for their Cup hopes

Nick Foligno, Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs like many teams, they have one goal this season, to win the Stanely Cup. They helped their chances immensely with a big trade on Sunday afternoon.

According to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night In Canada. The Maple Leafs have acquired Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno in a three-way trade.

The Maple Leafs sent a first-round pick for this upcoming draft and a fourth-round pick next year to the Blue Jackets, and then through the San Jose Sharks who gave up Stefan Noesen to Toronto for a fourth-round pick.

Foligno has seven goals and 16 points so far this season, but it’s the intangibles that he brings that will greatly benefit the Maple Leafs. Toronto is in first place in the all-Canadian North Division, six points up on the Winnipeg Jets with 15 games remaining. They just added a guy who can play on both special teams and can lock down key opposition offensive weapons. Not only that, but he will add a big veteran presence in the locker room joining Joe Thornton and Jason Spezza to help a team win a playoff series for the first time since 2004. He’s a guy that can play up and down the line and lay the body out when he needs to.

Up next for the Toronto Maple Leafs, they head to Montreal to face the Canadiens tomorrow. Foligno will hop on a flight to Toronto, but will probably miss the entire week due to the league’s health and safety protocols.