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A slow day for the Leafs meant a lot of people waiting for news to come down the pike. Now it looks like they have made a depth move.
The Leafs have acquired Eric Fehr, Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Frankie Corrado
Sounds like Eric Fehr to TOR.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 1, 2017
Fehr in the past has been a very good depth acquisition and normally helps out his teams. On the Penguins this year, he has been less than serviceable. His shot differential numbers aren’t great and his point output isn’t great either.
The Leafs are up against the contract limit and wouldn’t be able to pick him up on waivers unless another move was made. This doesn’t necessarily alleviate that but it was part of a bigger deal. Getting a fourth round pick out of the deal is savvy.
Oleksy is a fine depth pick up and can fill in if needed. He did it plenty this year when with an injured Penguins team.
Frankie Corrado has been a polarizing player in his time with the Leafs. He had a well known rift between himself and Babcock. Comments to the media were made and it made the relationship strained beyond repair.
As the Leafs try to make the playoffs, this helps them out across the board. They got a return on the Corrado investment and were able to solidify the team with some depth. It wasn’t an earth shattering move but it was a move that was needed.
Not flashy but was needed if they want to get some NHL depth.