The Maple Leafs continued their shaping of the NHL roster with another four cuts on Sunday. Top prospect Nazem Kadri will be going back to the OHL’s London Knights, Jonas Frogren and Christian Hanson will report to the Toronto Marlies, and Andy Rogers has been released. By my count, that leaves 30 players left (including Kessel who will be placed on the long-term injured reserve), meaning there will be another 6 cuts in the near future.
The following are the team lineups as per MapleLeafs.com. It does feature the kid line of Bozak, Stalberg and Hanson, but they are separated. Curious if that will remain the same for tonight’s affair in order to see what they can all do with other players.
The following is both teams lineups for tonight:
Viktor Stalberg – Matt Stajan – Robert Slaney
Jason Blake – Jason Allison – Jiri Tlusty
Alex Foster – Tim Brent – Bill Thomas
Jamal Mayers – John Mitchell – Darryl Boyce
*Kyle Rogers may play
Garnet Exelby – Ian White
Jeff Finger – Juraj Mikus
Carl Gunnarson – Andy Rogers
Leafs coach, Ron Wilson made it clear, Nazem Kadri will not be getting a nine-game audition this season, just to be sent down to the OHL London Knights. Answering questions in the media scrum after the scrimmage at training camp in the Mastercard Centre of Hockey Excellence, Wilson was adamant about being against an audition for the young pivot. In order to stick with the Leafs, the 1st round pick in the 2009 draft will have to beat out one of Mikhail Grabovski, or Matt Stajan for a top-6 role in order to stick, and as of Wilson right now, both are â€˜way aheadâ€™ of Kadri for a spot at the moment.
Kadri will get every opportunity to earn a top-6 spot, but unless he completely overwhelms, expect to see him in London for the entire season.
More notes from Training Camp, Day 2.
Let’s take a break from the rumour mill, and have a look at where the Toronto Maple Leafs roster currently stands.
With the draft a little over a month away, and free agency beginning shortly thereafter, it’s time to take a look at the current Maple Leafs’ roster, who is and is not under contract for next season, and the resultant depth at each position.
for Richard Petiot.
Brian Burke takes on salary in order to replace the Leafs’ lost 4th rounder. He also adds a 6’5, 210 pound blue-liner in Andy Rogers who is a former 30th overall pick. Rogers’ career to date has been maligned by injuries, but there’s still hope that Rogers could become a solid depth d-man down the road.
Jamie Heward and Olaf Kolzig are both out indefinitely with injuries at the moment.
Brilliant, and hilarious, move.
Gord Miller on TSN: “including Richard Petiot actually makes this, by definition, a hockey trade.”
The contracts of Kolzig (2.5M) and Jamie Heward (475K) expire at season’s end. By taking on Kolzig and Heward’s salary, the Leafs replace the lost fourth rounder in ’09 and add an intriguing, if long-shot, prospect. Tampa Bay were not facing cap contraints but there’s been plenty of talk of financial issues troubling owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules.
This essentially boils down to spending in the neighbourhood of $500K for a 4th round draft pick.
On the whole, the Leafs replace their relinquished 2nd and 4th round picks as well as add an additional 2nd rounder. The conditional pick included in the Antropov deal will be determinate upon the Rangers’ success in the playoffs, according to Pierre Lebrun.