NHL Trade: Maple Leafs acquire Ryan Dzingel, send Nick Ritchie to Coyotes

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Jan 28, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes center Ryan Dzingel (10) skates against the Boston Bruins during the first period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired forward Ryan Dzingel and defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin from the Arizona Coyotes. In exchange, forward Nick Ritchie and a conditional pick (2023 third rounder or 2025 second round) goes the other way.

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When the Maple Leafs needed to replace what they lost in forward Zach Hyman they took a flyer on Nick Ritchie, whom the Bruins simply let walk as an RFA.

After signing a two-year contract with an AAV of $2.5 million in the offseason, things really haven’t panned out and he’s now on the way to Arizona.

Ritchie, 26, has 9 points in 33 games this season.

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Jan 12, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nick Ritchie (20) against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

“We are excited to have Nick join our roster,” Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong said. “He is a big (6-foot-3, 236 pounds), tough, strong winger who will add depth and physicality to our forward group.”


Coming to the Leafs are Ryan Dzingel, who can chip in offensively, and right-handed defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin.

Dzingel, 29, has 7 points in 26 games this season. His cap hit is just $1.1 million and he is a pending UFA.

Lyubushkin, 27, has 9 points (all assists) in 46 games to go with a -6 rating and 26 PIM. The defenseman will be a UFA in July and comes with a $1.35 million AAV.