The Toronto Maple Leafs made a minor trade on Thursday sending forward Nicolas Deschamps to the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Kevin Marshall. Both players had been playing with their organization’s American Hockey League affiliates this season.
Deschamps has played in 50 games with the Toronto Marlies this year and recorded seven goals and nine assists. He has also added 26 penalty minutes and sports a minus-1 rating. His most impressive work with the Marlies came during the 2011-12 post-season where he posted 12 points in 17 games. Deschamps was originally drafted 35th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the 2008 Draft.
Marshall has a goal, four assists, and 77 penalty minutes in 52 games with the Hershey Bears this season. Marshall skated in 10 games with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011-12, the team that drafted him back in 2007.
This move may seem inconsequential, but there is a good chance it was made for a specific reason. Marshall will be assigned to the Marlies which means the organization could be adding a defenseman for when Jake Gardiner gets called up. Or the Leafs could be planning to move a blueliner now with the trade deadline fast approaching.