Maple Leafs snag Kerby Rychel from Blue Jackets in trade

Watch as Kerby Rychel of the Columbus Blue Jackets pots his first career NHL goal.

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Kerby Rychel from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday afternoon in exchange for defenceman Scott Harrington and a conditional fifth-round draft pick.

Rychel split the 2015-16 season between the Blue Jackets and the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, where he helped the club win the 2015-16 Calder Cup. He scored two goals with seven assists in 32 games with Columbus along with six goals and 21 assists in 37 games in the AHL last season.

The 21-year-old, who is the son of former Maple Leafs forward Warren Rychel, has two more years left on his contract that carries an annual salary cap hit of $863,333.

Columbus originally selected Rychel in the first round (19th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He reportedly requested a trade out of the organization earlier this year,

Harrington, 23, spent just one season with the Maple Leafs after he was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of the trade for Phil Kessel.

He played 15 games with the Maple Leafs, recording one assist, and also appeared in 17 games with the club’s AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.

More to come…

Acquire:
  • Kerby Rychel
Acquire:
  • Scott Harrington
  • Fifth-round pick (conditional)
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