The Toronto Maple Leafs are parting ways with a hometown kid.
The Maple Leafs continued a torrid day of movement on Sunday by making a trade of their own, shipping defenseman Travis Dermott to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
Demott, who was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the second-round back in 2015, has struggled to earn consistent playing time for each of the past two seasons, with his departure now clearing approximately $1.5 million off of Toronto's cap that the team could surely use.
It's a somber end to Dermott's once-promising tenure with the team he grew up cheering for.
Dermott lept onto the scene in the 2017-18 season, crushing the third-pairing minutes he was given while showing glimpses of the potential top-four defender that many hoped he'd turn out to be.
Unfortunately, after a shoulder injury at the end of his rookie campaign, Dermott never returned to form, sputtering when thrust higher up in the lineup, and watching his average ice time decrease year by year.
When he was labeled a healthy scratch for the 2022 Heritage Classic last week, the writing was on the wall. Dermott needed a fresh start, and the Maple Leafs were willing to give him one in order to tinker with their struggling blueline.
That doesn't mean that Dermott can't help the Canucks, though. Still only 25 years old, Dermott may just need a change of scenery in order to tap into that potential he flashed at varying points of his Leafs' career. The Canucks, who could certainly use help on D, will provide him the opportunity to do that with regular minutes and extra responsibilities.
It's a win-win.