McKenzie: Lorito for Schmaltz

Bob McKenzie reports that the Islanders have traded Matt Lorito to Toronto for defenseman Jordan Schmaltz. The Islanders haven’t yet announced nor confirmed it. Schmaltz is a right-shot defenseman in his fifth pro season, likely a Group 6 unrestricted free agent in July unless he gets a bunch of NHL games the rest of the way. He was in his first year with the Leafs.

The Islanders sent Kieffer Bellows down before the deadline and had Otto Koivula down at 3 p.m. as well, though he went right back up. Lou Lamoriello said Andrew Ladd has been called up for the rest of the season (after we spent the day watching the insiders to see if Ladd was being traded for Zach Parise), and Cal Clutterbuck is headed back to the Island as well.

Michael Fornabaio