TORONTO - Randy Carlyle has one less cut to make in training camp.
The Maple Leafs on Wednesday night traded forward Matthew Lombardi to the Phoenix Coyotes.
With the Leafs in 2011-12, his only season in Toronto, Lombardi played in 62 games and had eight goals and 10 assists. His plus-minus mark of minus-19 was worst on the team.
The Leafs, meanwhile, have put forwards Keith Aucoin and Ryan Hamilton and defenceman Mike Mottau, as well as forward Greg Scott, on waivers. The first three were in training camp. If they clear, they will be bound for the Marlies.
The deletions leave 15 forwards, 10 defencemen and two goalies in camp. Carlyle has to get to a 23-man roster by Friday afternoon.
The Leafs will get a fourth-round pick in 2014 from the Coyotes, but that could become a third-rounder if certain conditions are met. One of those condition is whether Lombardi re-signs in Phoenix. The Leafs reportedly will retain approximately $1.5 million US in cap space.
Lombardi’s salary for this season is $3.5-million US, the same as his salary cap hit.
Lombardi had been acquired by the Leafs from Nashville, along with defenceman Cody Franson, for Brett Lebda and Robert Slaney in July 2011.
Lombardi had a career-high 53 points for Phoenix in 2009-10.
Said Lombardi, who was quoted by the Coyotes: “I’m super excited. I never wanted to leave in the first place, so it’s a great opportunity.”