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Sports Maple Leafs will have tough roster decisions to make once Dermott, Hyman return

22:40  20 october  2019
22:40  20 october  2019 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Which Leafs are going to win the bottom-of-the-lineup jobs?

  Which Leafs are going to win the bottom-of-the-lineup jobs? It seemed very un-Mike-Babcock-like when he announced at the beginning of the season this rotation at the bottom of the line up. You remember, one night, Nick Shore, Dmytro Timashov and Martin Marincin would play. The next game Nic Petan, Jason Spezza and Justin Holl would play. At least for the first month while the team awaited Zach Hyman and Travis Dermott to return from injury. It seemed so, I don’t know, reasonable. Like the coach and GM were on the same page, thinking big picture and the coach was coming across as progressive.All the players would stay fresh. It would be kind of a elongated training camp, for the bottom end of the lineup.

a group of baseball players standing on top of each other: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott is coming off offseason shoulder surgery © Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott is coming off offseason shoulder surgery

The Toronto Maple Leafs are expecting to get back two key players from long-term injured reserve, as defenseman Travis Dermott and forward Zach Hyman are both eligible to return on Saturday when Toronto faces Montreal. While that is great news for Maple Leafs fans, it might be quite a challenge as the Leafs will have to make quite a few changes to their roster to fit those two back into their salary-cap structure.

On Saturday’s "Hockey Night in Canada," Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported that the Leafs may have to clear four players from their roster in order to add Dermott and Hyman. He said the moves could be demotions to the Toronto Marlies, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Toronto made a trade or put a player on waivers.

Kapanen’s struggles highlight Hyman’s importance to Leafs

  Kapanen’s struggles highlight Hyman’s importance to Leafs “Hyman’s good, eh?” Those three words from Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, spoken in the wake of Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Stanley Cup champion Blues, scream volumes. The post It’s the usual October Bronx blues for the Twins appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.These three words from Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, spoken in the wake of Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, scream volumes.

Elliotte Friedman suggested in the same segment that Toronto is seeking to trade Nic Petan, who the Maple Leafs acquired at the trade deadline last season and isn’t a favorite of head coach Mike Babcock. Petan only played five games after the trade last year and has only appeared in three this year.

Dermott is coming off offseason shoulder surgery, while Hyman had surgery to repair his ACL, which he tore during the playoffs last season. With the two on LTIR, the Maple Leafs, who are under the cap by just $380K, have saved $3.11M on the cap. But when activated, the Maple Leafs will have to clear that much in order to keep both on the roster. While Petan might be an obvious choice, none of their bottom-line players (offense or defense) make much more than the minimum, which likely would force the team to make multiple moves, barring a bigger trade.

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  Maple Leafs place Kalle Kossila on waivers This is likely good news, implying he’s fully healthy now.Gemel Smith (TB) cleared from yesterday.

Other players who could be out could include Jason Spezza, Nick ShoreJustin Holl, Kevin Gravel and Martin Marincin.

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Rumours of returns and exits as the Leafs have 3 days of practice .
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