One Of Andreas Johnsson Or Kasperi Kapanen Will Need To Be Traded.

Published January 18, 2019 at 2:57 PM

We've heard recently that the Toronto Maple Leafs would be willing to give up their first round pick in a package for a right handed defenseman. However NHL insider Bob McKenzie states you'll need to attach a significant name to that pick not just any prospect. According to McKenzie, the Leafs will have to give up either Andreas Johnsson or Kasperi Kapanen if they want to land a good defenseman. «If you're gonna get a good defenceman and they obviously want to get a good defenceman, you've got to give up something of value,» McKenzie told First Up on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto. «And not only would the first-round pick be in play, but I've been saying for quite some time now – take your pick, but one of Andreas Johnsson or Kasperi Kapanen will be gone too in the most likely scenario. It obviously depends on which defenceman they end up with and how much term is left, and what the guy's age is, and what his value is, but it's quite conceivable that both of those pieces could be departing for the right guy.»
Both players will be restricted free agents this summer however only Johnsson holds arbitration rights. The 24 year old Kapanen could be in for the bigger pay day though.

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