Riley Nash was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.
Nash is out 4-6 weeks after spraining his knee in the second period of a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Sunday. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
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He scored seven points (two goals, five assists) in 37 games this season and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
“Riley Nash is a terrific person and hard-working player that has been a solid contributor to our club over the past three seasons,” Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “We appreciate everything he has done as a Blue Jacket and wish him the best in the future.”
The 31-year-old has scored 172 points (63 goals, 109 assists) in 578 NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Boston Bruins and Blue Jackets, and eight points (two goals, six assists) in 32 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
The Maple Leafs (27-10-3) lead the seven-team Scotia North Division and are five points ahead of the second-place Edmonton Oilers.
The Blue Jackets (15-19-8) are seventh in the eight-team Discover Central Division, seven points behind the fourth-place Nashville Predators. The top four teams in each of the four divisions qualify for the playoffs.
The draft pick will become a sixth-round selection if the forward plays in 25 percent of Toronto’s playoff games this season.