The Toronto Maple Leafs have gone all in, acquiring former Columbus Blue Jacket's captain Nick Foligno for a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth-round pick in 2022. Columbus also sent forward Stefan Noesen as part of the deal to Toronto.
"When the opportunity came to come to Toronto, I just felt it was the right move. I felt it in my gut that it was just where I wanted to go and try to help. Knowing how good that team is already, I am trying to come in there, play my style of game, and make an impact that way." stated Foligno in a TSN TradeCentre interview, discussing his first reaction to the trade to Toronto.
Although this was a hefty price to pay for a 33-year-old pending UFA, it seems as though Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is going all in, and may feel that Foligno will be a perfect fit in the already experienced and skilled Maple Leafs lineup. Adding a strong defensive forward like Foligno will give coach Sheldon Keefe lots of flexibility to play with the lines.
Nick's father, Mike Foligno also played for the Maple Leafs from 1990-93, and was on the team when the Leafs lost to the L.A Kings in the 1993 Eastern Conference Final after the infamous no-call by referee Kerry Fraser.
Fans in Toronto can still vividly remember the missed Wayne Gretzky high-stick on Doug Gilmour, including Nick himself who joked “I'm not a big fan of Kerry Fraser after that, my dad talks about that to this day, and [that run] is ingrained into that city. I’m looking forward to going on another one, and being the next Foligno to do so and joining a great team that has already done a lot of work to get in a position to be talked about in that way…as a team that can that can do some damage in the playoffs.”
Nick Foligno's defensive game, strong leadership and mental strength is a massive benefit to the already skilled and experience Maple Leafs lineup that look ready to take a long playoff run for the Stanley Cup.
Former teammates and fans expressed massive gratitude toward their former captain, who will be greatly missed in Ohio.
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