Matt Frattin started his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2010, and now he has returned to the team in which he made his debut. On the first day of NHL free agency, the Columbus Blue Jackets traded Matt Frattin to Toronto in exchange for left wing Jerry D’Amigo and a 7th round pick in 2015.
The Jackets acquired Frattin as a part of the deal that sent Marian Gaborik to the Los Angeles Kings on the 2014 trade deadline. After the trade, Frattin only appeared in four games with Columbus, registering one assist and a +2 rating. He didn’t appear in any of the club’s six playoff games, and wasn’t much of a presence on the ice at all during his brief time in Columbus.
Frattin was a restricted free agent, and in acquiring Frattin in the trade Toronto had to resign him. In the signing, Frattin took a bit of a salary hit. In 2013-14 his salary was $950,000 and with Toronto he signed a two-year, $1.6 million deal, which puts his yearly salary at $800,000.
23-year-old Jerry D’Amigo made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs as well. He was called up from the club’s farm team this past December, and played 22 NHL games in the 2013-14 season. In that time, he had one goal and two assists and was -1. It remains to be seen how much ice time D’Amigo will get in Columbus, but it’s likely to be more than four games in the whole end of the season. Since Frattin was never a regular in the Jackets lineup, the trade hasn’t gotten much attention from the fans, but D’Amigo certainly seems happy to be here:
I'm excited to start the next chapter of my career in Columbus organization! #BlueJackets
— Jerry D'Amigo (@JerryD91) July 1, 2014
He still has to learn the #CBJ hastag, but he’ll get there. Welcome to the Jackets, Jerry!