The Islanders kicked things off with their trade for then-Canucks captain Bo Horvat, and the Rangers countered with their move to add Vladimir Tarasenko from St. Louis. And now the Eastern Conference arms race has made its way to the Atlantic, as the Maple Leafs pulled off an absolute blockbuster of a deal late Friday night.
In a three-team trade involving the Wild (they played the role of salary broker for Toronto) and Blues, the Maple Leafs pulled the trigger on a deal to bring forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari to Toronto.
To make that happen, the Leafs parted with six assets in total, headlined by a 2023 first-round pick, as well as a 2024 second-round pick, and a 2023 third-round pick (originally belonging to Ottawa) all going to St. Louis. In addition to the picks, the Leafs sent forward prospect Mikhail Abramov and minor-league forward Adam Gaudette to the Blues, while the Wild picked up a 2025 fourth-round pick from the Leafs for retaining money on the deal.