The trade gives the Maple Leafs a little bit more wiggle room to add to their roster before the trade deadline on Feb. 26. With Fehr off the books, the Maple Leafs now have 48 players under contract, two under the NHL’s maximum of 50.
Fehr, 32, is in the final year of a three-year, $6-million contract that he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Maple Leafs acquired Fehr last March in a trade that sent defenceman Frank Corrado to the Penguins.
Fehr only appeared in five games for the Maple Leafs and has spent most of this season on load to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, the minor-league affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.
In 34 games with the Gulls this season, he has 17 goals and 28 points.