Saturday, February 18, 2017
NHL trade review: Leafs acquire Kalinin from Devils for Loov
The Devils placed Kalinin on waivers earlier this week, and now have 13 forwards on their roster. Coach John Hynes might want all 13 to split games, and LW Michael Cammalleri will be a healthy scratch Saturday vs the New York Islanders. They cleared out more roster space earlier this season, when they traded away RW Vernon Fiddler. There was no point to have Kalinin, 25, who has 2 goals and 4 points in 43 NHL games this season. They got Loov, 24, who's a defenseman, which is a positional need for New Jersey. Loov will report to Albany (AHL). Loov has 6 points (2 goals) in 41 games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) this season. He has just 4 games of NHL experience, all last season.
The Leafs have many rookie forwards like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander,
Connor Brown, Zach Hyman and Nikita Soshnikov, so it's a little questionable why they acquired Kalinin. Loov, who is currently hurt, was about their 10th or 12th defenseman on their depth chart, so they didn't need him. Toronto scouts must have seen things about Kalinin that they liked, so they traded for him. Kalinin will report to Toronto (AHL).