After clearing waivers, Sergey Kalinin has been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Defenseman Viktor Loov. Shero is now gutting what was predominately the fourth line this season. Kalinin, like Fiddler, was an effective penalty killer and a physical presence on the fourth line. Other than that there is not much you can say about him.  In 121 NHL games, Kalinin has only 19 points (ten goals and nine assists). Toronto is getting a big bodied 4th line player.

It is relatively surprising that the Leafs decided to make a trade instead of simply claiming Kalinin off waivers yesterday. I do not think Lou Lamoriello is in the business of giving away significant prospects, but who knows, maybe Loov can amount to something.  From the looks of it, Loov is a strong skater and not afraid to throw his body around.  If Quincey is indeed traded at the deadline (he likely will be), then it does not hurt to have an extra guy available as a replacement. It is always smart to build organizational depth, especially on the defensive side.

Mike Cammalleri being a healthy scratch tonight is a bit surprising. “Cammi’s” regression this year has been tough to watch. He is pointless at 5v5 in his last eight, and goalless in has last 18.  Regardless of all of this, I still think Cammi commands a high return come trade deadline day.  In 2015, Antoine Vermette was traded from Arizona to Chicago for a first and a prospect.  Vermette had 35 points in 63 games at the deadline. He also only gave Chicago 3 points in 19 games and a 20 game postseason before going back to the desert. Cammalleri’s numbers this year are fairly similar to Vermette’s in 2015 and this is definitely a down year for him. A team that needs scoring depth like Chicago makes sense to pursue Cammi. I expect Shero to get a solid return for Camalleri, if he indeed is traded.

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