The Maple Leafs saved their most complicated deal for last at yesterday’s NHL trade deadline.
Toronto restored its missing fourth-round draft pick for this June from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a deal for Marlies’ defenceman Richard Petiot. But they also had to take back the expiring contract of Bolts’ 38-year-old injured warhorse goalie Olaf Kolzig, plus 37-year-old ex-Toronto defenceman Jamie Heward and Tampa’s failed first round pick from 2004, defenceman Andy Rogers.
None of former Lightning players are likely to make an appearance in Toronto’s remaining 18 games, but Heward and Rogers could end up with the AHL Marlies.
Kolzig, who makes $1.5 million this season, is out with an upper body injury, wrapping up a wonderful career spent almost entirely with the Washington Capitals. While on the Leafs’ books, he becomes the first South African-born player in club history, though he played nationally for Germany.
Heward first appeared with the Leafs back in 1995-96, a former No. 1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins, signed by Cliff Fletcher. After 25 games in Toronto, he drifted around five NHL teams, plus spent time in Europe including a year in St. Petersburg, Russia and re-surfaced this season with Tampa.
Petiot, 26, played in 45 games with the Marlies, with three goals and 14 points. He was originally a fourth round pick of the L.A. Kings and played his only two NHL games email@example.com