Leafs Trade Kapanen to Penguins

Updated: August 25, 2020 at 12:40 pm by Brock Seguin

The @Toronto Maple Leafs have traded winger @Kasperi Kapanen to the @Pittsburgh Penguins.

About seven hours before puck-drop between the @Boston Bruins and @Tampa Bay Lightning, two surprise exits from the qualifying round were busy setting up their future.

The Maple Leafs have sent Kapanen along with @Pontus Aberg and @Jesper Lindgren to the Penguins in exchange for the No.15 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, @Evan Rodrigues, @Filip Hallander and David Warsofsky.

Toronto was without a first-round pick in 2020 after sending it to the @Carolina Hurricanes in the @Patrick Marleau trade last summer. This deal gets them back on the clock in the first-round and frees up cap-space. Kapanen has two years left on his contract that carries a $3.2 million cap-hit (per PuckPedia).

If you remember, Kapanen was originally drafted No.22 overall by the Penguins back in 2014 but never appeared in a game with Pittsburgh. Kapanen was the key part in the trade that sent Phil Kessel to the Penguins back in 2015. In 2019-20, Kapanen scored 13 goals with 23 assists (36 points) in 69 games.

The rest of the Trade:


  • – Lindgren was a fourth-round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2015. Had nine points (1G / 8A) in 31 games with the Toronto Marlies in 2020.
    – Aberg signed with Toronto last summer and spent most of the 2020 season in the AHL, scoring 20 goals with 24 assists (44 points) in 55 games.


  • – Rodrigues was traded to Pittsburgh in February as a part of the @Conor Sheary / @Dominik Kahun trade. He had six goals and four assists (10 points) in 45 games between Pittsburgh and Buffalo. He is a pending restricted free agent.
    – Hallander was a second-round pick of the Penguins in 2018. The 6-foot, 190 lbs. centre had five goals and nine assists (14 points) in 27 games with Lulea HF of the Swedish Elite League in 2020.
    – Warsofsky has one year left at $700K and spent all of 2020 in the AHL, where he led Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defensemen in points with 33 (10G / 23A) in 51 games.

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