Maple Leafs, Canadiens announce trade

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired forwards Tomas Plekanec and Kyle Baun from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Rinat Valiev, forward Kerby Rychel and a second-round draft pick in 2018.

Valiev, 22, has five goals and 10 assists with a plus-14 rating in 40 games with the Marlies this season.

The third-year pro has appeared in 149 career AHL games with Toronto, recording 12 goals and 39 assists for 51 points along with a plus-44 rating.

Rychel, 23, has 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points in 55 AHL games with the Toronto Marlies this season, his fourth pro campaign.

A Calder Cup champion in 2016 and an AHL All-Star in 2017, Rychel has played 216 career games in the AHL with Toronto, Lake Erie and Springfield, tallying 47 goals and 95 assists for 142 points.


Baun, 25, has skated in 54 games with the AHL’s Laval Rocket this season, collecting four goals and 12 assists for 16 points. The Toronto native has totaled 19 goals and 40 assists for 59 points in 171 career AHL games with Laval and Rockford.

Plekanec, 35, played 981 games with the Montreal Canadiens and 233 games with their AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, during 16 seasons in the organization. He reached the Calder Cup Finals in 2003 and was the MVP of the AHL All-Star Game in 2005.