The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a weird position going into this year’s trade deadline. They haven’t had a fully healthy team for most of the year, which has actually helped them get a good look at guys like Pierre Engvall. If they had a fully healthy lineup, they’d have to be waiving or trading some guys like Dmytro Timashov to fit a roster under the salary cap. Engvall would certainly have to be sent back down despite looking pretty great.
But one guy we haven’t had a real look at in the Chief Keefe era is Rasmus Sandin, defenseman wunderkind. The annoying part is that their blueline has mostly been healthy — Jake Muzzin is injured now but right when Sandin was going to the World Juniors, and while Morgan Rielly looked banged up he never actually went on the IR.
We’ve seen Timothy Liljegren called up twice, but never got into a game. He looks and sounds ready, but their salary cap and roster spots on defense are pretty locked in barring a trade.
For a while we figured that — barring some major deal — the only move the Leafs would make would be to swing a small trade to acquire a backup goalie. Michael Hutchinson having a nice run of late has kind of put that to bed, at least for now.
So now I’m back to pining for Sandin and/or Liljegren, and hoping they find a way to keep Engvall on the roster. Despite Sandin being the hot young thing, him being a lefty when that’s the only good side the Leafs’ defense has kinda makes that difficult.
So what do you think, do the Leafs find a way to get Liljegren onto their roster down the stretch? Or Sandin? Both? Neither?
Who will the Leafs find a way to get on the roster down the stretch?
ONTO THE LINKS
An update to the PWHPA skills competition that was to be held this weekend:
🚨ATTENTION🚨— PWHPA (@PWHPA) January 10, 2020
Due to inclement weather conditions, and with the safety of players and fans in mind tomorrow’s @PWHPA Skills Competition will now be held SUNDAY at 9:00am. pic.twitter.com/9tKsjkawyL
Marlies - Stars game cancelled in Texas due to medical emergency | by Katya
Maple Leafs extend Martin Marincin | by Fulemin
Sheldon Keefe: “Now it is time for Travis Dermott to take a step we all feel he is capable of taking” | by MLHS
Mirtle and Siegel: Revisiting 10 bold (and bad) Maple Leafs predictions at midseason | by The Athletic
Found money makes the Leafs an incredibly boring trade deadline team | by TLN
AROUND THE HOCKEY WORLD
Four reasons Montreal Canadiens have fallen out of playoff race | by Sportsnet
Related: Habs’ Gallagher has headaches after return, will see doctors | by TSN
Barstool turning into a gambling hub would be pretty funny, but I’m still hoping they get the Deadspin treatment and just get completely gutted.
Scoop: Barstool Sports is close to selling to a casino company you’ve never heard of https://t.co/JUEarHJWA1— Vox (@voxdotcom) January 10, 2020
Sportsnet also did a pretty interesting feature on CapFriendly:
Thank you @SachdevaSonny and @Sportsnet for the pleasure of being interviewed on the history of CapFriendly and how the site has grown over our 5 years of existence— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) January 10, 2020
If you have a moment make sure to give it a read! https://t.co/Um0SiCKD8n
Matt Murray out there looking like Vesa Toskala...
Things going from bad to worse for poor Matt Murray pic.twitter.com/hhmgEufOCS— Gregory Balloch (@GregBalloch) January 11, 2020
Have a great Saturday everyone!