February 25, 2018 | 11:42Am ET
LEAFS ACQUIRE PLEKANEC FROM CANADIENS
Tomas Plekanec, centre
The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired centre Tomas Plekanec and forward Kyle Baun from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenceman Rinat Valiev, forward Kerby Rychel and a 2018 second-round draft pick.
The Canadiens have also retained 50 percent of Plekanec’s contract.
Plekanec, 35, registered six goals and 18 assists for 24 points in 60 games with the Canadiens this season.
The native of Kladno, Czech Republic, has spent his entire NHL career with the Canadiens, accumulating 232 goals and 373 assists for 605 points in 981 career regular-season games, to date.
He was originally drafted by the Habs in the third-round (71st overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Baun, 25, tallied four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 54 games with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket, this season.
Valiev, 22, registered five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 40 games with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL this season. He’s gone pointless in 10 career NHL regular-season games.
The native of Nizhnekasmsk, Russia, was selected by the Leafs in the third-round, 68th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Rychel, 23, has spent the last two season with the Marlies, and has played in 37 career NHL regular-season games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, recording two goals and 10 assists.
The Blue Jackets drafted Rychel 19th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.