That plan has not worked out the way the Leafs may have wanted, as McElhinney was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes and Pickard was picked up by the Philadelphia Flyers.
"Good for Mac. Good for Pick", Babcock said.
Pickard, 26, was acquired from Vegas last October for Tobias Lindberg and a 6th round pick, played one game for the Leafs last season and split time with Sparks on the Marlies, going 21-9-1, with a 2.31 GAA and.918 save percentage in 33 games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a trade two days prior to their season opener. The next in line for now is Kasimir Kaskisuo, who has a 20-14-1 record in 38 AHL games. "You'd love to have them all slip through, but they didn't".
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Two other players were claimed Tuesday, hours before National Hockey League teams were required to set their 23-player rosters.
The Washington Capitals added St. Louis forward Dmitrij Jaskin, the odd man out after the Blues restocked their forwards this offseason. He had four goals and 12 assists in 47 games for Toronto last season, including three game-winning goals.
The Buffalo Sabres claimed left wing Remi Elie from Dallas.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Gustav Olofsson was the only player placed on waivers.