The Maple Leafs have acquired Brooks Laich from the Capitals in exchange for Daniel Winnik, the team announced Sunday. Toronto also acquires defenseman Connor Carrick and a second-round pick, while Washington acquires the Ducks’ fifth-round pick from the Leafs.
Laich, 32, was waived Saturday but was not immediately re-assigned to the AHL and played in Sunday’s game against the Blackhawks. The longest-tenured player on Washington’s roster, Laich has played 741 games for the Caps and scored 324 points. He is averaging just 10:34 of ice time this season, his lowest for a full season. He is owed $4 million next season.
Winnik, 30, has 14 points in 56 games for the last-place Leafs this season. Carrick, 21, spent most of this season in the minors, appearing in just three games at the NHL level.
- Dan Gartland