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Sports Goalie Kaskisuo joins ex-Leaf Sparks on NHL waiver wire

22:50  21 september  2019
22:50  21 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Maple Leafs' Michael Hutchinson ready to 'try to earn the guys' trust' on and off the ice

Maple Leafs' Michael Hutchinson ready to 'try to earn the guys' trust' on and off the ice The Maple Leafs acquired Hutchinson in December and expect him to try and win the role as backup to Frederik Andersen. He posted a 2.64 GAA and .914 save percentage in five games with Toronto last season.

a hockey game in the snow: Goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo, who saw action in the Leafs’ pre-season opener in St. John’s, could return to the AHL’s Marlies if he clears NHL waivers.© JOE CHASE Goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo, who saw action in the Leafs’ pre-season opener in St. John’s, could return to the AHL’s Marlies if he clears NHL waivers.

The battle for the Maple Leafs’ backup goaltending job came more into focus on Saturday with a pair of moves.

The Leafs waived goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo and assigned Brandon Halverson to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. If he clears waivers, Kaskisuo will also likely rejoin the Marlies.

That leaves incumbent Michael Hutchinson and veteran Michal Neuvirth, in camp on a tryout, vying for the job as Frederik Andersen’s backup.

“These are big decisions for us as an organization,” said Leafs coach Mike Babcock. “We’re set up with some guys that are battling for a job. We’ll continue to watch them.”

Questions about the Maple Leafs: Who’s going to be the back up?

Questions about the Maple Leafs: Who’s going to be the back up? The answer should be easy, but there’s always a twist.

First-year pro Joseph Woll, also likely earmarked for AHL duty, remains with the Leafs while another prospect, Ian Scott, is already in Marlies’ camp.

Meanwhile, former Leafs backup Garret Sparks was also placed on waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights. The Leafs traded Sparks to Vegas in July for injured forward David Clarkson and a fourth-round draft pick.

CONVERSATION STARTER: Forward Alexander Kerfoot says Russian newcomer Ilya Mikheyev’s understanding of English is better than he expected: “I would say he understands better than he speaks right now. That’s good for us. We can talk to him and he knows what we’re talking about. He’s picking it up really fast. He’s smart on the ice. Really easy to deal with.” Kerfoot and Mikheyev form two-thirds of the Leafs’ third line. “He’s really polished all around,” Kerfoot said of Mikheyev. “Good details to his game. Plays hard, physical. Wins a lot of battles. He can play in any role.”

Maple Leafs will be putting players through waivers a lot this year

  Maple Leafs will be putting players through waivers a lot this year It’s that time of the year again. Refresh your memory on all things waivers.Occasionally, a team is waiving a player because they genuinely want some other team to claim him, but usually they just need to put him in the AHL. While some players will get cut to the minors as early as today, most of the cuts will happen closer to October 1, which is the date on which all NHL teams must have a cap-compliant, maximum 23-man roster by 5 p.m. New York time.

SENIOR MOMENT: With Patrick Marleau gone, 16-year-veteran Jason Spezza may take over as the Leafs’ father figure. “He’s a great guy. I talk to him a lot,” winger Mitch Marner said of Spezza. “Kind of reminds me a little bit if Paddy, that veteran presence, a guy that’s been around for a while and knows how hard it is to win. That’s something he’s preaching to all of us, to come in every day and make sure you’re ready to work.”

PREP SCHOOL: For the Leafs’ top players, exhibition games are more about timing. “It’s a lot about your legs and your lungs and your hands and your brain, and just get your confidence and feel good, and get back to that place where you just go out and play,” said defenceman Morgan Rielly. “These games are crucial to get ready and prepare yourself and get back into that rhythm,” added centre John Tavares. “Develop chemistry and get your (conditioning) … getting contact again, getting into battles in tight spaces, playing at a high pace. You want to take advantage of all these opportunities that help you prepare for October.”

Kevin McGran is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @kevin_mcgran

Edmonton Oilers make no waiver wire claims but two big questions remain for opening night .
Sam Gagner, Brandon Manning clear waivers, Gagner off to stacked Bakersfield Condors team It was a quiet day on the NHL waiver wires, even as many fans of the Edmonton Oilers had hoped for otherwise. In the only waiver wire news, the Winnipeg Jets claimed Carl Dalhstrom from Chicago and Arizona claimed goalie Eric Comrie from Winnipeg. The Edmonton Oilers made no waiver wire pick-ups, even as wingers like Sven Baetschi, 14-goal-scorer Daniel Sprong and the much hyped Josh Ho-Sang were available to all. Perhaps Edmonton is still working on another deal. Perhaps they didn’t want to use up one of the team’s two remaining pro contracts on their 50 contract limit.

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