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NHL - US Sports: Giordano excited for Toronto opportunity

Veteran defenceman Mark Giordano says he is excited for the opportunity to try and win a Stanley Cup Championship with his home-town team the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Leafs, 25/2 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, acquired the 38-year-old from the Seattle Kraken on Sunday in exchange for two second round-picks (2022 and 2023) and a third pick in the 2024 NHL draft.

Toronto also received forward Colin Blackwell.

Kraken making changes

Giordano was selected by the first-year Kraken in the expansion draft from the Calgary Flames where he had previously spent 15 seasons, eight as Captain.

With Seattle, Giordano was also handed the 'C' to start the season and has contributed 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 75 this season.

Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Flames in 2004, Giordano has amassed 532 points (149 goals, 383 assists) in 1,004 regular season games for the Flames and Kraken, and seven points (one goal, six assists) in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Giordano happy with move

Toronto (39-18-5) are third in the Atlantic Division, seven points behind the first-place Florida Panthers. Seattle (19-38-6) are last in the Pacific Division.

Giordano said to the media: "I think just looking at it the past couple of weeks, I think the Leafs were on my radar as one of the teams I might get traded to and one of the better teams in the league,

"Yes, it being my hometown team is obviously a huge bonus. But to be able to come to a team that has a really good shot at obviously making some damage or creating some damage in the playoffs is something I'm really excited about."

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