Trade Grades: Maple Leafs pull off wizardly move in unloading Zaitsev

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The deal:

Ottawa gets: Defenseman Nikita Zaitsev, forward Connor Brown and forward Michael Carcone

Toronto gets: Defenseman Cody Ceci, defenseman Ben Harpur, forward Aaron Luchuk and Columbus' third-round selection in the 2020 NHL draft (previously acquired by Ottawa)

Toronto Maple Leafs: A-

The Leafs get out from under a terrible albatross of a Nikita Zaitsev contract, who is due $4.5 million annually through 2024. And they somehow get a third-round pick in a deep draft for the trouble. That's ... incredible?