Goaltender Petr Mrazek has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks along with the 25th overall pick. The Toronto Maple Leafs receive the 38th overall pick.
We have traded goaltender Petr Mrázek and the 25th overall pick for Chicago’s second round selection (38th overall). pic.twitter.com/OKkSZ1b86e
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 8, 2022
Petr Mrazek Traded By Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs have made a draft-day trade, sending Goaltender Petr Mrazek and the 25th overall pick to Chicago in exchange for the 38th overall pick. Chicago used the 25th overall pick to select Sam Rinzel, a Defenseman from Chaska High School.
Mrazek struggled this season with the Maple Leafs, posting a 3.34 GAA and a 0.888 save percentage in 20 games with the Leafs, and played one game in the AHL with the Marlies, where he posted a 4.03 GAA and a 0.846 save percentage.
Mrazek has two years left on his deal, making $3.8 million for the next two seasons.
What This Means For the Future
For the Leafs, this gets rid of Mrazek’s $3.8 million cap hit, and they swap picks with Chicago. Although the Leafs get rid of their only first-round pick, they gain the 38th pick with the selection. Considering the Leafs are trying to contend, losing the first-round pick isn’t that big of a deal for them.
Sam Rinzel notched 38 points in 27 games with Chaska High school and put up another 10 points in 21 games with the Waterloo Black Hawks. He will, however, be spending the 2023-2024 season with the University of Minnesota, after spending one year with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL.
This gives Mrazek a fresh start with a new organization, as he has been everything but good for the Leafs. He has been anything but what the Leafs have needed in a backup role, and Erik Kallgren has played well in his starts for the Leafs. This means Kallgreen will most likely either be the 1A or the 1B for the Leafs and it now all depends on what happens with Jack Campbell. Their former
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