Leafs Announce Opening Night Roster


    The Toronto Maple Leafs have sent forwards Jiri Tlusty, Nik Kulemin, and Tyler Bozak, as well as defender Carl Gunnarsson, to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

    These moves leave the team with a 22-man roster, one under the season-opening limit of 23.    That number does not include either of Phil Kessel or Mike Van Ryn, as both will start the season listed as injured non-roster players.

    Per mapleleafs.nhl.com, here is the opening night roster:

    Forwards (13)

    Jason Blake
    Mikhail Grabovski
    Niklas Hagman
    Jamal Mayers
    John Mitchell
    Colton Orr
    Alexei Ponikarovsky
    Wayne Primeau
    Jay Rosehill
    Viktor Stalberg
    Matt Stajan
    Lee Stempniak
    Rickard Wallin

    Defence (7)

    Francois Beauchemin
    Garnet Exelby
    Jeff Finger
    Tomas Kaberle
    Mike Komisarek
    Luke Schenn
    Ian White

    Goalies (2)

    Vesa Toskala
    Jonas Gustavsson

    * F Phil Kessel and D Mike Van Ryn are currently listed as injured non roster players. As such, they do not count toward the 23-man limit; however, their salaries do count against the cap.

    Quick Hits:

    -  Bozak was sent down for purely financial reasons; his demotion had absolutely nothing to do with his play.   Though his base salary is in the 850k range, Bozak`s contract includes bonuses which take his cap hit up to the 3.7m range.   So, until a contract can be moved, he will probably have to remain in the AHL.

    – Carl Gunnarsson looks as though he may be the first callup on defense this season, and appears to be — for the time being — ahead of countryman Jonas Frogren on the depth chart.  It is noteworthy that Frogren was sent down to the AHL earlier in the week (despite having to pass through waivers as part of the process), while Gunnarsson remained with the club right up until the final cutdown.

    – Frogren and goaltender Joey MacDonald each cleared waivers; both are expected to play a regular role with the Marlies this season.   If either of Toskala or Gustavsson gets injured, MacDonald will be the replacement.

    – Mike Van Ryn`s status remains somewhat shrouded in mystery.  The initial suspicion is the team remains hopeful he can return relatively soon, hence the open roster spot.