Leafs and Sens working on Zaitsev for Ceci deal: reports

According to multiple reports, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators have a deal in place to swap blueliners Nikita Zaitsev and Cody Ceci.

The tentative deal is not expected to be announced before July 1, when Toronto pays out Zaitsev’s $3 million signing bonus. Toronto may also be adding other assets to complete the trade.

The 27-year-old Zaitsev scored three goals, and tallied 14 points last season, after scoring a career high 26 points in his rookie 2016-17 season. He still has five-years remaining on his seven-year, $31.5 million contract, with a cap hit of $4.5 million.

Following his disappointing 2018-19 season, the Russian defenceman requested a trade out of Toronto in May.

The 25-year-old Ceci scored seven goals and matched his career-high with 26 points last season. He is a restricted free agent after earning $4.3 million last season.

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