NHL: Ryan O'Reilly traded to the Leafs
General manager Kyle Dubas pulled off a big move Friday night by getting his hands on center Ryan O'Reilly.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have also acquired veteran Noel Acciari from the St. Louis Blues. In return, the Missouri squad gets forwards Mikhail Abramov and Adam Gaudette, first- and third-round picks in 2023 and a second-round pick in 2024.
The Minnesota Wild also participated in the transaction by withholding 25% of O'Reilly's $7.5 million salary. The Leafs traded a 2025 fourth-round pick as compensation, but also received Western Hockey League forward Josh Pillar from the Wild.
The Blues will absorb as for them half the salary of their ex-captain, who will reach full autonomy at the end of the season.
Former recipient of the Lady-Byng, Conn-Smythe and Frank-Selke trophies, O 'Reilly has spent the last five seasons in a Blues uniform. However, he has experienced a dizzying drop in production this season, he who was limited to 19 points in 40 games.
In career, the 32-year-old Ontarian has amassed 252 goals and 691 points in 978 games , also wearing the colors of the Colorado Avalanche and the Buffalo Sabers.
As for him, Acciari will bring depth to the Leafs' support units. He scored 10 goals and 18 points in 54 games in 2022-2023.
Abramov and Gaudette spent the entire season with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.