Maple Leafs search for reinforcements with Andreas Johnsson out 6 months

The Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that winger Andreas Johnsson is expected to miss six months after having surgery on his right knee. Toronto also made trades with Florida and Ottawa, picking up forwards Denis Malgin and Max Veronneau.

Team swings trades with Panthers, Sens to acquire forwards Malgin, Veronneau

The Maple Leafs will be minus top-six forward Andreas Johnsson for the remainder of the season after he had right knee surgery on Wednesday. (Claus Andersen/Getty Image)

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without forward Andreas Johnsson for the rest of the season.

The Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that Johnsson is expected to miss six months after having surgery on his right knee earlier in the day.

Johnsson was injured in the first period of a 3-2 home loss to the Dallas Stars on Feb. 13 when he collided with teammate Kasperi Kapanen.

The Leafs said at the time of the injury that Johnsson would be out at least eight weeks.

The 25-year-old Swede has eight goals and 21 points in 43 games with the Maple Leafs this season.

Leafs acquire Malgin

Also Wednesday, the Leafs acquired forward Denis Malgin from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Mason Marchment.

Malgin, 23, has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 36 games with the Panthers this season.

Marchment recorded an assist in four games with the Leafs and 13 goals and five assists in 24 games with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

Swap with Senators

In another move, the Maple Leafs acquired forward Max Veronneau in a trade that sent forward Aaron Luchuk and a conditional sixth round pick in 2021 to the Ottawa Senators.

Veronneau has appeared in four games for the Senators this season without registering a point. He recorded two goals and two assists in 12 games with Ottawa in 2018-19.

The 24-year-old has appeared in 33 games with the American Hockey League's Belleville Senators this season with five goals and five assists.

Veronneau played in 130 NCAA games with the Princeton Tigers from 2015-19 before signing a two-year entry-level contract with the Senators last March. He had 52 goals and 92 assists for 144 points, which ranks fourth all-time in Princeton history.

Luchuk, 22, is returning to the Senators organization after originally signing a three-year entry-level contract with Ottawa in late 2017.

He was held off the scoreboard in three AHL games with the Marlies this season. He also played 45 games with the ECHL's Newfoundland Growlers, posting 50 points (19 goals, 31 assists) and 14 penalty minutes.


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