Morning, cool cats. Waiver-evading offensive opportunist Josh Leivo is back on the Leafs’ roster, apparently leaving the Leafs with one too many players. We don’t yet know who’s getting bumped to make room—the Leafs could place someone on injured reserve, demote one of three waiver-exempt wingers (Zach Hyman, Nikita Soshnikov or Connor Brown), or put one of their fringe players on waivers (probably Peter Holland, Ben Smith or Frank Corrado.) We’ll let you know when we do.
Katya: Leafs Recall Josh Leivo And Make Other Changes Come for the Leivo, stay for the complex Marlies-Bears transactions.
Katya: European Prospect Report Week 10 Katya also took the time to survey the Leafs’ European youngsters. Banner week for Carl Grundstrom especially, but lots to like here.
Around the NHL
Five For Howling: Dylan Strome Re-Assigned To Erie Otters Strome is 19 years old, and there is nothing wrong with letting him develop another year in junior instead of on the tanking Coyotes’ roster. Having said that: in a redraft, you think Strome still goes ahead of Marner?
NHL.com: Mitchell Marner Playing Big Game For Maple Leafs Speaking of whom, the official commentators have taken notice of Marner’s slippery skillset.
Habs Eyes On The Prize: Ten Takeaways If you can stand reading the opposition rag when they’re triumphant, some interesting stuff in here, though judging by the tone on Shea Weber’s bodychecking they seem to believe he invented the practice. Signing Alex Radulov was an excellent gamble by Bergevin, it has to be said.
The Province: Burying Willie, Defending The Eagle And The New Trade Block Crew Do you like laughing at the collapse of the Vancouver Canucks? Do you like articles written with the most enthusiastic use of paragraph breaks I’ve ever seen? Then read this Jason Botchford scan of the Nucks’ Saturday night loss to the Hawks. Beware: they’re hungrily looking forward to the grudge match against us in a couple of weeks, presumably because their franchise is a goddamn ruin and they have nothing else to cherish in life.
New York Post: NHL Using Olympics To Play Hardball With The Players The league’s offer to tie Olympic participation to an extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement is not popular with some players, who think they’re getting screwed under the current model. The league has always been deft at pinning blame for work stoppages on the players, and this gambit seems aimed at doing the same thing should the NHLPA reject it.
Defending Big D: Dallas Stars Place Johnny Oduya On IR, Recall Julius Honka and Esa Lindell Every year one team seems to get absolutely crushed by injuries, and this year Dallas is an early contender for that sad eminence. On the upside, hotshot defence prospect Julius Honka is poised to get his first NHL action this week.
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