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Ducks trade Ben Hutton to Maple Leafs

The team gets a pick out of Toronto in exchange for the defender.

Ben Hutton #7 of the Anaheim Ducks warms up before the game against the Colorado Avalanche at Honda Center on April 09, 2021 in Anaheim, California. Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images

After waiting out until the trade deadline expired at noon, the Anaheim Ducks have finally made a move. Though it was rumored there might be some action between the Ducks and the Pittsburgh Penguins on forward Nicolas Deslauriers, but after the Penguins snagged Jeff Carter from the Los Angeles Kings, it’s unlikely those talks continued.

But the team did still make a move, sending defender Ben Hutton to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Per TSN’s Frank Seravalli, the Ducks will receive a 2022 fifth-round draft selection in exchange for the blueliner.

The 27-year-old Hutton was drafted in the fifth round himself, selected 147 overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut in 2015. In 2019, he was not issued an offer from the Canucks and was signed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings. Ahead of the 2021 season, he attended the Ducks’ camp on a PTO and was signed to a one-year contract in January.

Over six seasons in the NHL, Hutton has played in 375 games and scored 16 goals and 75 assists. His contract is worth $950,000.

This story is developing.