Toronto Maple Leafs: Nick Foligno Instant Trade Analysis

Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets (Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets (Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets
Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets (Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports) /

How did the Toronto Maple Leafs do?

At first glance, all three teams got what they wanted. Toronto got their defensive forward, Columbus got a first-round pick, and San Jose got a fourth-rounder for practically doing nothing.

I would say the Toronto Maple Leafs ended up as the winners of the three-way trade. That is because they grab a forward that will help the team push to win a Stanley Cup.

However, do I think Foligno is worth a first-round pick? No.

Do I think the trade was worth it? Absolutely.

If the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup, there is no doubt that Foligno’s defensive prowess and physicality will be one reason why. If the Leafs don’t make it to the conference finals, they lost a first-round pick for an underwhelming playoff performance.

The bidding war for Foligno’s services gave the Jackets more than they should have gotten. That should be considered a win in itself. Adding an extra fourth-round pick to retain the contract for this season is always a big plus.

Doug Wilson was probably relaxing with his feet up on his desk when Dubas gave him a call to retain some salary. Boom, fourth-rounder for five minutes of work.

The Leafs will either be the biggest losers or the biggest winners. That will all be determined come playoff time.

People need to keep in mind is that Toronto only gave up a first-round pick because of the bidding war. I highly doubt Dubas went into the negotiations with that draft pick on the table right away.

Many anticipate Dubas to make more moves. The team still has some cap space to make another move. Let’s say trade for a defenseman?

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Moving one of their many forwards can open up enough space to add an impact rental defenseman. Will Dubas pull the trigger? There is not much time left.