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Maple Leafs Quick Hits: Giordano, Dermott & Satari

The Toronto Maple Leafs got a head start on the NHL trade deadline by picking up Mark Giordano and Harri Sateri. What do they bring?

In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs’ Quick Hits, I’ll share some of the trade news of the day involving the team. I’ll especially look at two players coming in and a player moving on.

Related: Maple Leafs Trade 3 Picks For Mark Giordano and Colin Blackwell

Quick Hit One: Mark Giordano Comes to the Maple Leafs

I’m guessing that two things attracted Mark Giordano to the Maple Leafs and vice versa. First, he’s a great defensive player. Second, when he won the Norris Trophy he did it by partnering up with T.J. Brodie, who just happens to be with the Maple Leafs. Today the Maple Leafs traded for the one-time Norris Trophy winner.

I’m thinking that the twosome of Brodie and Giordano will partner together on the team’s second pairing with Morgan Rielly and Ilya Lyubushkin being the first-pairing. That leaves Jake Muzzin and Justin Holl as partners, and they’ve had a history of playing well together – although not so much this season.

Giordano remains a strong 200-foot player. He seldom makes defensive mistakes and he’s still effective on offense. This season, he’s scored six goals and 17 assists (for 23 points). He’ll fit in very nicely indeed with the Maple Leafs. In addition, he’s a hometown player. 

Although this is a “this-year” move, Giordano is 38 years old and is coming off a nice $6.75 million contract. Thinking ahead, and perhaps this is simply wishful thinking, is there a chance that Giordano might become a Jason Spezza type and be enticed to play next season at a reduced salary for his hometown team?

Obviously, that’s a next-year problem. 

Quick Hit Two: Maple Leafs Sign Sateri, Fresh from Beijing and Team Finland 

After Petr Mrazek was placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs, they signed Harri Sateri to a one-way contract worth $750,000 for the remainder of the 2021-22 season. Sateri was then placed on waivers later on Sunday. He must clear waivers before he can report to the team. 

Several things are interesting about Sateri to me. First, most recently he was the goalie who helped lead Team Finland to a gold medal at this year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing. Second, he played well in the KHL this season. 

Third, the Maple Leafs were smart about signing him to a one-way contract. That means that if another team claims him they must place him on their active roster. The only team that might do that would be the Edmonton Oilers. Will they? Unless they want to play him over either Mike Smith of Stuart Skinner, he’d have to clear waivers there, too.

Related: Maple Leafs Trade Travis Dermott to Canucks for Third-Round Pick

Quick Hit Three: Travis Dermott Gets His Wish

Travis Dermott had to be conflicted about leaving Toronto. It was, after all, his home town and he had dreamed about playing with the Maple Leafs. However, because he’d seemed to lose the favor of the coaching staff, the word was that he had requested a trade at the start of this current season. 

When he first was signed, his reputation was that he would become a top-four defenseman; however, the writing seemed to be on the wall when both Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren played regular minutes and stayed in the lineup, but (mostly) he did not.

Dermott had been a healthy scratch several times this season as has only played 43 games. He needed a change of scenery.

I wish him well with his new team the Vancouver Canucks. With the Canucks trading Travis Hamonic and his $3 million salary-cap hit through next season, Dermott will have a chance to play more meaningful minutes. Dermott can play a physical game and he’s versatile. He can play both the right and the left side. He should do well with his new team.

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