The Columbus Blue Jackets traded captain Nick Foligno to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.

The Blue Jackets received a 2021 first-round pick, as well as a 2022 fourth-round choice, and will also retain 25% of Foligno’s contract, which expires this summer. Foligno is in the final season of a six-year contract with a $5.5 million cap hit, and waived a no-trade clause to complete the deal.

“This is an opportunity for me,” Foligno said. “Let’s be honest: It’s been a tough year here in Columbus, and I take a lot of that responsibility, so this is an opportunity that I get that I’m not going to waste.”

Columbus has made the playoffs in four straight seasons, often overachieving despite big free-agency losses, such as Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin. Things haven’t gone as smoothly this season, as Columbus is seventh out of eight teams in the Central Division.

“I really appreciate Jarmo allowing me the opportunity to go and chase my dream of winning a Cup with a team that I feel has a great opportunity of doing that,” Foligno said. “I feel really good about the decision we made.”

Already, the Blue Jackets have jettisoned unhappy center Pierre-Luc Dubois for Patrik Laine, but the transition hasn’t gone smoothly. The Blue Jackets are now looking at a retool.