The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Kasperi Kapanen back to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a multi-player deal.

The Maple Leafs commerce additionally despatched ahead Pontus Aberg and defenseman Jesper Lindgren to the Penguins in alternate for Pittsburgh’s first-round decide within the 2020 draft (15th total), forwards Evan Rodrigues and Filip Hallander and defenseman David Warsofsky.

Kapanen, 24, was Pittsburgh’s first-round decide (22nd total) within the 2014 draft and was traded to Toronto in 2015 within the deal that despatched ahead Phil Kessel to the Penguins.

“Kasperi is a good, young player that brings speed to our lineup and plays the way we want to play,” Penguins common supervisor Jim Rutherford mentioned in a launch. “Having previously drafted him, we know him as a player and feel he can improve our top-6. Aberg and Lindgren are both young players that will further add to our organizational depth.”

Kapanen is signed by means of the 2021-22 season and his contract carries a mean annual worth of $3.2 million.

He tallied 36 factors (13 targets, 23 assists) in 69 games with the Maple Leafs in 2019-20. The Finnish ahead set profession highs throughout the board with 44 factors (20 targets, 24 assists) in 78 games in 2018-19.

Kapanen has performed in 202 video games, all for Toronto, and has 90 factors (41 targets, 49 assists) and 55 penalty minutes. He has seven factors (4 targets, three assists) in 25 postseason contests.

Aberg, 26, recorded one help in 5 games for the Leafs in 2019-20. He has 44 factors (17 targets, 27 assists) in 132 games since 2016 with the Nashville Predators, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, and Toronto.

Lindgren, 23, was Toronto’s fourth-round decision in 2015. He posted one objective and eight assists in 31 video games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in 2019-20.

Rodrigues, 27, had one objective in seven games with Pittsburgh after being acquired in a February commerce from Buffalo. The Toronto native registered 71 factors (26 targets, 45 assists) in 192 video games with the Sabres from 2016-20.

Hallander, 20, was Pittsburgh’s second-round decide within the 2018 draft and has performed professionally in Sweden the final two seasons.

Warsofsky, 30, collected 33 factors (10 targets, 23 assists) in 51 games for the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2019-20. He has 11 factors (two targets, 9 assists) in 55 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, and Penguins.


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