In all, Toronto gets Clifford and goaltender Jack Campbell, in exchange for forward Trevor Moore, Toronto's third-round pick in 2020, which was previously acquired from Ottawa on July 1, 2019, and a conditional third-round pick in 2021.
"You presumably have their space to use, but you don't know whether you can use it because you're going to need that space to bring them back if and when they're healthy", Kyle Dubas said on Sportsnet. "It gives you a little bit more security".
The blockbuster swap was supposed to propel Sault Ste.
For one night, and possibly longer, that's with Hutchinson and Kaskisuo.
For now, the Leafs can only focus on what's right in front of them.
Dubas needs Campbell to fill the troublesome No. 2 goalie spot that's been an issue ever since Curtis McElhinney was lost on waivers before last season.
If the trade was not already in the works, Wednesday was likely the tipping point with the inconsistent Hutchinson now beaten seven times in five periods and the Leafs sitting outside of the wild-card playoff pack.
"I thought we started well, but we continue to have these lulls throughout the game", Matthews said. "I'm excited about it, I don't fear it".
The 28-year-old from Port Huron, Mich., was traded to the Kings in 2016 after mostly bouncing between the American Hockey League and the third-tier ECHL.
By entering the 53rd game of the Leafs season, Andersen had accumulated an impressive 24-9-6 record in 41 starts with a.910 save percentage.
Matheson moved down from his point position below the goal line and fed Pysyk, who found a soft spot between two defenders, to fire his fifth upstairs on Andersen.
"What a resilient group", said Campbell, who admitted to some early jitters. "Just happy to be a part of this team".
Following the game, Maple Leafs' head coach Sheldon Keefe confirmed that Andersen went through concussion protocol. Both losses came with a 5-3 defeat.
Rielly, who has 27 points (three goals, 24 assists) in 46 games, fractured his foot January 12 against the Florida Panthers, and it was announced that the defenseman would be reassessed after eight weeks.
"You get a real opportunity for a young player to take a big step and get some experience", Keefe said of Liljegren. "It's a childhood dream just to be able to put that jersey on". Though this shouldn't affect Los Angeles' financials greatly as Clifford is an impending unrestricted free agent, Toronto shared that the Kings had absorbed $800,000, the 50% maximum of Clifford's cap hit.
"I look back to (the loss to Florida on) Monday and I look at those first two periods, and (they were) probably the two best periods we've played since I've been here, defensively especially". "I know what I am and I know who I am". "Not even just myself, the people around me".
The Leafs led 3-1 after 40 minutes, but could not play sound defensively as the Ducks rallied to tie the game with a Max Jones short-handed goal and power-play marker by Adam Henrique.
Later in the evening, Daren Dreger of TSN reported further specifics of the injury, calling it a high ankle sprain that will require re-evaluation in a month's time.