Foligno traded to Maple Leafs by Blue Jackets in three-team deal


Nick Foligno was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday in a three-team trade involving the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks.

Columbus traded the forward for a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft from Toronto.

The Sharks received a fourth-round pick in 2021 from the Maple Leafs for forward Stefan Noesen.

Foligno was captain of the Blue Jackets since May 20, 2015. The 33-year-old has scored 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 42 games this season and 482 (203 goals, 279 assists) in 950 regular-season games with Columbus and the Ottawa Senators.

The Maple Leafs (28-10-3) are in first place in the seven-team Scotia North Division, six points ahead of the second-place Edmonton Oilers. The Blue Jackets (15-20-3) are seventh in the eight-team Discover Central Division, seven points behind the fourth-place Nashville Predators. The top four teams in each division will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Foligno will have to quarantine for at least seven days due to COVID-19 protocols after arriving in Toronto because he is crossing the United States-Canada border.

The Blue Jackets have made three trades in three days ahead of the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Monday.

They sent forward Riley Nash to the Maple Leafs on Friday for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2022, and defenseman David Savard was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in a three-team deal that also involved the Detroit Red Wings. Columbus received a first-round pick in 2021 and a third-round pick in 2022 in the Savard trade.

Coach John Tortorella told the Blue Jackets website on Saturday that they need to pivot after believing they were a playoff team at the start of the season.

“The core of this team has been together, and we were growing, we were getting there, and things have fallen off,” Tortorella said before a 4-3 loss at home to the Chicago Blackhawks. “The business end of it comes in, players wanting to leave and stuff like that, and you know what? You need to start over. I’ll be honest with you, it needs to start over because there are just a lot of different personalities that come in.

“I don’t know if they fit or not. We’ve still got to go through the process of trying to figure out who they are, who we are. Are we going to do it together? And do you understand? Are you going to buy in? And all that stuff. I don’t have the answer as far as where it goes right now. We’re still trying to find out about the new personnel coming in here.”

Noesen was held without a point in five games this season with the Sharks (18-18-4), who are in sixth place in the eight-team Honda West Division, four points behind the fourth-place St. Louis Blues. The 28-year-old scored six points (two goals, four assists) in 12 games for the Sharks’ American Hockey League affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda. He has scored 54 points (31 goals, 23 assists) in 204 regular-season games for the Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks. 

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