With the NHL trade season in full swing, players are moving left, right, and centre. One player who will be taking on a new unform moving forward is Alex Galchenyuk. The former Carolina Hurricanes player has been traded off to a new team in exchange for Egor Korskov and David Warsofsky. It was seen as a big deal for both sides, providing each team with the players they were looking for to help further compete in the season. Galchenyuk, then, will be playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the coming years.
Galchenyuk was a pick-up by the Hurricanes alongside Cedric Paquette, both players arriving as part of a trade deal that also involved the Ottawa Senators. This seen Ryan Dzingel move the other direction. However, neither of the new signings have played a game for the team – and now Galchenyuk will never get the chance to wear a Hurricanes uniform competitively. He was placed on wavers on Sunday, and the 27-year-old was stuck in Ottawa waiting to see if another team would be interested in taking up his contract.
After a 6-5 overtime loss to the Senators, Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe was asked what this would mean for the player. He said: “[The trade] happened just before game time, so we haven’t talked too much about it.
“He’s another depth option for us to come in. We’ve been looking to find a mix in our bottom six (forwards), and I think he’s one of those guys that will compete for a spot like that. He gives us added roster flexibility given that he’s cleared waivers already, so that helps our depth.”
Who is Alex Galchenyuk
Galchenyuk is the former No. 3 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, when he was selected by the Montreal Canadiens. In that time, he has become a regular mover in league, having played for played for four teams in his last three seasons. He stuck with Montreal until 2018, when he was traded to the Arizona Coyotes. After arriving in Arizona, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins and then the Minnesota Wild as well.
A well-travelled veteran, he scored one goal across an eight-game streak in Ottawa, signing with them as a free agent in October 2020. In total, he has scored 321 points (136 goals, 185 assists) across a 557-game NHL career so far.
His career best came in 2015-16, when he contributed an impressive 56 goals – 30 of them his own – for the Canadiens. Since then, he has endured a rather up and down career, with regular moves and inconsistency in his play meaning it has been hard to find a true home within the NHL.
Now part of a storied franchise in the Maple Leafs, there is hope that things will turn around for Galchenyuk and he can get back to displaying the immense potential once shown when he first came into the NHL as a highly ranked rookie.