Trevor Moore probably still had his Leafs jersey on when he found out he wouldn’t be wearing it again. After another painful loss that featured more poor goaltending, Kyle Dubas wasted little time in completing a trade, sending Moore to the Los Angeles Kings for goaltender Jack Campbell and veteran winger Kyle Clifford.
With Freddie Andersen currently day-to-day and Michael Hutchinson’s season long struggles continuing, a move had to be made with valuable points slipping away game after game.
Campbell, 28, has struggled at times this season posting just a .900 save percentage (Hutchinson is at .886) but has a .916 mark over his 58 career NHL games. He will add some much needed depth to the position both now and moving forward as he is under contract for two more seasons following this one.
Clifford is a nice addition for a team that needs some physicality in their bottom six forward group as well. He has 6 goals and 8 assists on the season but his 90 hits are more than any Leafs forward has registered this year. Los Angeles will retain half of his remaining salary and he will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Moore, a California native, will likely get a chance at a larger role with his hometown team. He has played just 27 games this year due to shoulder and head injuries, tallying 3 goals and 2 assists playing mostly on the fourth line.
Dubas remained patient (perhaps too patient) with the Leafs goaltending situation but continued poor play between the pipes finally forced his hand. Ultimately, it’s a small price to pay to add help in two clear areas of need. The Leafs now have their backup goaltender and they’re going to need him to be much better than what they’ve gotten from that spot on their roster the last two seasons.
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