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Toronto Maple Leafs Acquire Brandon Kozun From Los Angeles Kings

Amidst all the rumors of a possible trade involving Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made a minor-league deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

Coming the Leafs way is Brandon Kozun, a 5’9″ 23 year old right winger who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. In 264 games with the Manchester Monarchs, Kozun has amassed 79 goals and 100 assists for 179 points.

Going the other way is Andrew Crescenzi, a 6’5″ center who was signed as an un-drafted free agent by the Leafs. In 49 games with the Toronto Marlies, he has totaled two goals and three assists for five points. Crescenzi is more known for his physical game anyway.

As Kozun has already been sent to the Marlies, this was a trade to bring more offense to the team. Kozun has yet to play an NHL regular season game and it’s most likely that we won’t see him in a Leafs uniform this season.

Kozun is a free agent at the end of the season so if he doesn’t work out, he can just be let go and the Leafs didn’t lose much. It would also open up a contract under the 50-contract limit.

Kozun had this to say on Twitter.

It’s a small deal, but who knows what the future brings.

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