The Maple Leafs made a quiet move to bolster their farm team’s blueline Thursday afternoon.
The club announced a deal with the Washington Capitals, acquiring defenceman Kevin Marshall in exchange for forward Nicolas Deschamps.
Marshall will report to the Marlies and brings veteran AHL experience; he appeared in 52 games with the Hershey Bears this season, with a goal, four assists, and 77 penalty minutes. He also logged a plus-5 rating.
Marshall also brings size — 6-foot-1, 201-pounds — which fits into the type of defenceman the Leafs appear to favour on their blueline.
Marshall, 24, a native of Boucherville, Que., was drafted by the Flyers in the second round, 41st overall, in 2007. He played in 10 career NHL games, all with the Flyers in 2011-12.