Maple Leafs Trade Young Defenseman To Washington Capitals

 Another move by Kyle Dubas.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly traded defenseman Rasmus Sandin to the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Erik Gustafsson and a 2023 first-round pick.

Sandin, a twenty-two-year-old left-handed defenseman, was selected by the Leafs in the first round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

He played in 52 games for Toronto this season, recording four goals and 16 assists while averaging 17:59 of ice time per game. He signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract extension with the Leafs in September 2022, and will be a restricted free agent when it expires.

Gustafsson, a 30-year-old left-handed defenseman, has seven goals and 31 assists in 61 games for the Capitals this season while playing primarily on the second pairing and averaging 20:22 of ice time per game.

He is currently on a one-year contract worth $800,000 and has played for several other NHL teams in the past, including the Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Philadelphia Flyers, and Montreal Canadiens.

The first-round pick going to Toronto was originally owned by the Boston Bruins, and was acquired by the Capitals in a trade that sent Dmitri Orlov to Boston.

The move comes just a day after the Leafs acquired defenseman Jake McCabe and forward Sam Lafferty from the Chicago Blackhawks. Photo Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports