Eric Fehr is expected to make his debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night a few weeks after being acquired by the team in a trade deadline deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He will draw into the lineup, taking a spot on the fourth line, because Nikita Soshnikov was injured in their recent game against the Boston Bruins.
The Maple Leafs, currently holding on to the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, will be in Columbus to play a Blue Jackets team that is contending for the Presidents’ Trophy.
The 31-year-old Fehr has not played for the Maple Leafs since being acquired along with Steven Oleksy and a draft pick in exchange for defenseman Frankie Corrado on deadline day. Corrado, by the way, just made his debut with the Penguins on Tuesday night their win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Fehr appeared in 52 games for the Penguins before the trade, mostly skating on the team’s fourth line, scoring six goals and adding five assists while also playing significant minutes on the penalty kill. He signed a two-year contract with the team as a free agent before the 2015-16 season and spent most of last season playing on the team’s fourth line during their run to the Stanley Cup.
He has not played in a game this season since Feb. 28 when he was still a member of the Penguins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, with a game tonight in Chicago, have recalled defenseman Derrick Pouliot from the AHL.
No word why the move was made, but it’s worth noting that teams are limited to four recalls post-trade deadline, which is today at 3 p.m. ET. Called up this morning, Pouliot would not count as one of those four recalls.
The Pens are currently dealing with a number of injuries on their blue line. Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley are on IR, and Kris Letang is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
The addition of Pouliot would appear to give the Pens eight healthy defensemen, including recent trade acquisition Ron Hainsey. Steven Oleksy was a scratch in last night’s 3-2 loss in Dallas.
Pouliot, 23, has only played seven NHL games this season, with no points registered.
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