Trade Freeze Flurry: Maple Leafs acquire Jared McCann; Islanders trade Andrew Ladd; and more moves

Apr 24, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Jared McCann (19) handles the puck as New Jersey Devils right wing Nicholas Merkley (39) defends during the first period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Jared McCann from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday in exchange for fellow forward Filip Hallander and a seventh-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The trade came shortly before the NHL froze rosters ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken.

Maple Leafs acquire Jared McCann

McCann, 25, recorded 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 43 regular-season games in 2020-21 and added an assist in six playoff games. The Ontario native has 155 points (66 goals, 89 assists) in 353 career regular-season games with the Vancouver Canucks (2015-16), Florida Panthers (2016-19) and Penguins (2019-21).

McCann was selected by the Canucks with the 24th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Hallander, 21, collected 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 51 games last season with Lulea HF of the Swedish Hockey League. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2018 NHL Draft before being traded to Toronto on Aug. 25, 2020 as part of the seventh-piece deal that included Kasperi Kapanen.

“We are excited to add Filip back to the organization. He is a well-rounded player with good size who plays the game the right way,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said. “We are grateful to Jared for his contributions to the team and wish him the best.”

Islanders trade Andrew Ladd to the Coyotes

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Nov 5, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Andrew Ladd (16) attempts to put in a rebound after a save by Montreal Canadiens goaltender Antti Niemi (37) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

In an apparent salary cap move, the New York Islanders sent veteran forward Andrew Ladd to Arizona, along with a 2021 second-round draft choice, a 2022 conditional second-rounder, and a 2023 conditional third-round selection for no return from the Coyotes.

The Coyotes take on a $5.5 million cap hit over the next two seasons, freeing up cap space for the Islanders. Ladd has two seasons left on a seven-year, $38.5 million deal he signed prior to the 2016-17 season.

Ladd, 35, has taken to the ice just 30 times in the last three years, including none in 2020-21. He appeared in only four games in 2019-20, scoring one goal.

Prior to that, Ladd was a regular 20-goal scorer, besting that mark six out of seven seasons from 2010-17.

In 950 career NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets and New York Islanders, Ladd totaled 249 goals with 289 assists and was a part of two Stanley Cup winners.

Opinions are split on Ladd making a comeback, but the Islanders cleared more cap space all the same. This move came on the heels of them trading defenseman Nick Leddy away earlier in the week.

Canucks acquire Jason Dickinson

The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward Jason Dickinson from the Dallas Stars on Saturday for a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

The trade came shortly before the NHL froze rosters ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken.

Dickinson, 26, can become a restricted free agent on July 28.

He recorded 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 51 games this past season.

Dickinson has collected 63 points (25 goals, 38 assists) in 221 career games since being selected by the Stars with the 29th overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Sharks trade for Adin Hill

The San Jose Sharks acquired Adin Hill and a 2022 seventh-round pick from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in exchange for fellow goaltender Josef Korenar and a 2022 second-round selection, multiple media outlets reported.

Hill, 25, posted a 9-9-1 record with two shutouts, a 2.74 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 19 appearances (17 starts) last season for the Coyotes. He owns a 19-21-4 record with three shutouts, a 2.79 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 49 career games (41 starts) with Arizona.

Korenar, 23, meets the minimum exposure requirements for the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft. He was 3-5-0 with a 3.17 GAA and .899 save percentage in 10 games (seven starts) last season.

–Field Level Media