The Vancouver Canucks are continuing to make trades a day before the deadline.
They have acquired defenceman Travis Dermott from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a third-round pick in 2022. The Canucks have also acquired a third-round pick earlier in the day from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Travis Hamonic. The pick they are sending to Toronto was originally from the Winnipeg Jets and it was acquired for Nate Schmidt last summer.
Dermott has spent his entire NHL career with the Maple Leafs organization since he was drafted in the second by them in 2015. Dermott made his debut with the Leafs in the middle of the 2017-18 season. He also helped the Toronto Marlies win their first Calder Cup in 2018.
So far this season, he has one goal and four assists in 43 games.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported on Sunday morning that the Canucks were interested in Dermott.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that the 25-year-old was traded to Vancouver Sunday afternoon. The Canucks trade one Travis and bring another Travis in.
Friedman then confirmed the return was a third-round pick.
The club made the official announcement shortly after.
“He needed a fresh start,” said Dermott’s agent Jeff Jackson to CHEK TV’s Rick Dhaliwal. “He has good skating and mobility, can play both sides. He needed this new start and Vancouver will like him.”
Dermott is a left-handed defenceman but can also play the right side. He is on the first year of a two-year contract that carries a 1.5 million dollar cap hit per season. Dermott is a two-way third-pairing defenceman who is good in his own zone
So the Canucks end up getting a replacement for Hamonic at a cheaper cap hit. It also looks like the Canucks aren’t done on the trade front. We could see more trades later today or tomorrow.
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