“Being on my hometown team is obviously a huge bonus”

Markus Giordano
Markus Giordano

defender Markus Giordano was traded from the Seattle Kraken to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. Giordano is in the final season of a six-year contract extension he signed with the Calgary Flames in August 2015 and is eligible to become a full free agent after the season.

After the deal, Seattle will retain 50 percent of the Toronto native’s contract. They received a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL draft, a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL draft, and a third-round pick in the 2024 NHL draft. In addition, Toronto also received the services of forward Colin Blackwell.

“I think looking at it for the past few weeks, the Leafs have been on my radar as one of the teams I might get transferred to and one of the better teams in the league.” said Giordano on his trade.

“I have never witnessed anything like this”

Markus Giordano
Markus Giordano

He further said: “Being a part of that and, yes, being my hometown team is obviously a huge bonus, but being able to come to a team that has a really good chance of obviously doing some damage or doing some damage in the playoffs is something I’m really looking forward to.”

The 38-year-old has 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 55 games this NHL season. However, he was left out of Seattle’s last two games.

“In my situation and after a good chat with (Kraken MD) Ronnie (Francis) and the trainers, it’s probably the right thing to do‘ Giordano said of sitting out. “It’s weird I’ve never been through this before so it’s different yeah I pretty much live day to day. It’s a difficult situation, but we all understand what’s going on.”

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