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Leivo traded to Canucks by Maple Leafs, roster spot open for Nylander

Toronto agreed to terms with RFA forward on six-year contract prior to deadline

by @NHLdotcom

Josh Leivo was traded to the Vancouver Canucks by the Toronto Maple Leafs for Michael Carcone on Monday.

The trade makes room on the Maple Leafs roster for forward William Nylander, who agreed to terms Saturday on a six-year contract with an average annual value $6.9 million. Nylander was a restricted free agent who would not have been eligible to play in the NHL this season if he did not sign before the deadline of 5 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Nylander went through medical testing and did not practice Monday. His status for Toronto's game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN4, NHL.TV) is unknown, but coach Mike Babcock has said he didn't think it would take long for Nylander to be ready to play. Nylander had been practicing with Swedish Hockey League team AIK.

"We just have to get through all the testing we do when you arrive and make sure he's ready to go and then we'll get him into action as fast as we can," Babcock said.

Where Nylander fits in the lineup is unknown, but his teammates were happy to know he's back.

"I don't know who he's going to play with but he's obviously such a good player," center Auston Matthews said. "I don't expect it to take him too long to getting back to how he can play. It's going to take him a couple weeks or so just to get his legs back under him and timing and pace of play and all that. When we have him in the lineup he's a pretty good weapon."

In a corresponding move, the Maple Leafs recalled defenseman Travis Dermott from Toronto of the American Hockey League.

Leivo, a 25-year-old forward, has six points (four goals, two assists) in 27 games this season. A third-round pick (No. 86) in the 2011 NHL Draft, Leivo has 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 84 NHL games.

Carcone, a 22-year-old forward, had 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 20 games for Utica of the AHL.

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