The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has acquired defenceman Conor Timmins from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Curtis Douglas.
Timmins, 24, has recorded three assists through six games with the Tucson Roadrunners this season and also skated in two games with the Arizona Coyotes. The Thorold, ON native has posted 34 points (4G, 30A) through 52 career AHL games split between Tucson and the Colorado Eagles. Timmins has also recorded seven assists through 41 career NHL games split between Arizona and Colorado Avalanche.
Internationally, Timmins won a gold medal with Team Canada during the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. He recorded five points (1G, 4A) through seven games during the tournament and was named a Top 3 Player on the Team.
Timmins was selected by Colorado in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.
The Coyotes have traded D Conor Timmins to the Maple Leafs for 6-9 C Curtis Douglas.
They wanted to waive Timmins to send him to Tucson where he could play a lot of games, minutes & situations, all things they felt he needed but wasn’t going to get right now in the NHL.
Problem was, they were certain he was going to be claimed so they acquired an asset who will likely play 3C with the Roadrunners.
It’s hard giving up on a big, young RHD. Injuries have limited Timmins, 24, to 8 NHL games in 2 seasons w/AZ (41 total); still don’t know what he is.
Timmins came over in the deal that sent G Darcy Kuemper to Colorado in July 2021. AZ also got a 2022 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2024 third-round draft pick.
Timmins’ conditioning stint with Tucson ended today.
What the Leafs get in Timmins
Timmins has a high pedigree. The 24-year-old was drafted in the second round (32nd) overall by the Colorado Avalanche, but his career has been riddled with injury. He has been out of the lineup since Oct. 15 with an upper-body injury and was limited to two games with Coyotes this season. In November of 2021, Timmins underwent knee surgery which shut down most of his 2021-22 season.
He also had overcome serious concussion issues during his time with the Avalanche.
Clearly the defenseman is on the mend now. He was with the Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona’s AHL affiliate) on a conditioning stint and the Coyotes would have had to put him on waivers to keep him there.
Toronto also gets yet another Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds alumnus, Although neither fellow alums and Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas nor head coach Sheldon Keefe were with the OHL franchise when Timmins played there.
Timmins is 6-foot-2 and a right-handed shot who has some offensive flair to his game. If he can stay healthy, he could be a solid addition to Toronto’s defensive depth.
Internationally, Timmins won a gold medal with Team Canada during the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. He recorded a goal and four assists through seven games during the tournament and was named a Top 3 Player on the Team.
Since the beginning of the 2018-19 season, Conor has played 105 total hockey games during that span. Another player acquired with a significant record of injuries. https://t.co/A1NhkVcEyB
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