The Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks are certainly heading in different directions as Monday’s trade deadline draws closer and closer. For the second time in four days, both teams would be involved in some player shuffling; this time via the waiver wire.
The Leafs have added defenseman Tim Erixon to their ranks after claiming the 24-year old off waivers on Sunday morning.
Erixon had played 27 games in the NHL this season, recording one goal and five assists in that time, while claiming a -2 rating.
Erixon carries a $600,000 salary in a contract he originally signed with the New York Islanders this summer.
The Blackhawks had originally acquired the forward in December, when they sent Jeremy Morin to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Erixon.
It seems the writing was on the wall for Erixon after the Blackhawks acquired veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen on Friday. Erixon was placed on waivers Saturday, along with fellow defenseman Kyle Cuminskey being re-assigned to Rockford, the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate.
Like Morin in the trade that originally brought him to Chicago, Erixon spent most of his time in the press box as a healthy scratch. He only played 8 games as a Blackhawk in his nearly three months with the team.
Now, the Blackhawks have lost one of their best forward prospects for nothing, at a time when Stan Bowman and Blackhawks’ management had to swing a big trade to fill the void left in their forward lineup after Patrick Kane‘s clavicle injury last week.
The Maple Leafs also acquired another Blackhawks’ defenseman on Thursday, when they sent Spencer Abbot to Chicago in exchange for T.J. Brennan. Both players reported to their respective AHL clubs after that deal.
While it seems the Blackhawks will stay put at the deadline after two big trades in two days this weekend, the Leafs’ situation is anything but secure, with big names such as Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel floating around as potential trade bait.
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