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Plekanec traded to Toronto in exchange for a draft pick and two prospects

The Canadiens now have four second-round picks in the upcoming NHL Draft

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Sunday that the Canadiens have acquired forward Kerby Rychel, defenseman Rinat Valiev, and a second-round pick in 2018 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forwards Tomas Plekanec and Kyle Baun.

A first-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets - 19th overall - back in 2013, Rychel amassed 30 points (10g - 20a) with the AHL's Toronto Marlies in 55 games this season. 

In 37 career NHL games - all with Columbus - the 23-year-old Torrance, CA native has registered two goals and 12 points.

Rychel was the fifth leading point-getter on a Marlies squad that currently sits atop the AHL standings.

Valiev, meanwhile, was a third-round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2014. He collected 15 points (5g - 10a) in 40 games with the Marlies during the 2017-18 campaign.

The 22-year-old Russian rearguard has been held off the scoresheet in 10 career NHL games - all with the Maple Leafs during the 2015-16 season.

For his part, Plekanec made his NHL debut with the Habs in 2003-04 and had spent his entire career to date in Montreal, suiting up for 981 regular season games and amassing 232 goals, 373 assists and 605 points, in addition to posting a plus-57 differential.

The 35-year-old Czech centerman, who registered six goals and 24 points in 60 games this season, ranks seventh on the franchise's all-time games played list, 13th in assists and points, and 17th in goals. 

A seven-time 20-goal scorer, Plekanec was also the last Canadiens player to record 70 or more points in a season, accomplishing the feat in 2009-10 with 25 goals and 45 assists.

Tweet from @GMolsonCHC: Merci, thank you Pleky for everything you gave to this organization. You are a true pro and a gentleman. Bonne chance! #GHG

The Kladno native, who could have become an unrestricted free agent this summer, also appeared in 87 playoff games for the Canadiens over the years, chipping in with 16 goals and 49 points.

Baun, meanwhile, has four goals and 16 points in 54 games with the AHL's Laval Rocket this season.

Following the trade, the Canadiens now have four second-round picks in the upcoming NHL Draft in June, and nine total picks overall.

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