Context: Jim Benning made the offseason relatively funny for everyone besides Vancouver Canucks fans.
After making it to the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Canucks “ran out of time” to re-sign some key stars losing Jakob Markstrom, Chris Tanev, Tyler Toffoli, and Josh Leivo to free agency. Not ideal to have that many names walk away from an organization without recouping any assets, but stranger things have happened. That was until the Calgary Flames signed three of them, leading to the creation of the Calgary Canucks meme.
That was a couple of months back, and the Canucks have gone through their waves of adversity because of it. And with Benning claiming a pair of depth players from us, the Vancouver Leafs are the budding meme ready for flowering.
It makes you think: who is going to be next?
Per CapFriendly, Alexander Barabanov, Nick Robertson, Timothy Liljegren and newly brought up goaltender Ian Scott are all exempt from waivers. Will it be Nic Petan? Pierre Engvall? Jason Spez-oh-never mind...
Who knows, but it’s clear Jim Benning, and the Canucks have an eye on our depth. At this rate, not even Manny the Practice Mannequin is safe.
BREAKING: The Vancouver Canucks have claimed the Leafs practice mannequin off waivers. Will join the team shortly. pic.twitter.com/Yhbdtei9b5— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 22, 2021
In Case You Missed It
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Roster changes, and a full year with one coach have made the Leafs over into something very familiar.
Marlies Monday: Jeremy McKenna scores first two AHL goals as Toronto gets swept by Belleville - Pension Plan Puppets
The young winger shone despite team’s tough weekend in Ottawa.
Maple Leafs forward Travis Boyd claimed on Waivers by Vancouver (of course) - Pension Plan Puppets
The Canucks continue to fill their roster with ex-Leafs. They should see if they can get Josh Leivo back too.
Goalie shuffle at Maple Leafs practice, as Ian Scott appears - Pension Plan Puppets
A wild Ian Scott appears.
Around the Hockey World
*plays “Mad World”*
14 straight losses...
The final from Madison Square Garden. pic.twitter.com/0d1PUt0i7H— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) March 23, 2021
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Jonas Johansson can be Colorado’s reclamation project - Mile High Hockey
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