The Maple Leafs have found a way to keep Swedish defenceman and rookie tournament standout Viktor Loov in North America for the upcoming season.

The Maple Leafs were waiting on MoDo to waive his rights, which curiously took them a little bit of time and for a while didn’t seem like it was going to happen. For the last week, word out of Maple Leaf management was that they didn’t think they were going to be able to get Loov released from his SHL contract to come over to the Toronto Marlies.

Possible reasons things changed for the better?

A good puck mover and skater with some size and snarl, getting Loov over to continue his development in Toronto and adjust to the NA game is nothing but good news. He’ll join a deep Marlie defence alongside compatriot Tom Nilsson, Korbinian Holzer, Petter Granberg, Matt Finn, Kevin Marshall, Andrew MacWilliam, Eric Knodel, and — presumably once Cody Franson returns — Stuart Percy.


Cap Manoeuvring

The Maple Leafs made a couple of cap housekeeping moves today, sending Stuart Percy down and recalling Troy Bodie, with the intention of recalling Stuart Percy tomorrow to play versus the Canadiens seeing as how Cody Franson will not feature due to his knee injury.

Here’s some good digging done by MLHS user ‘Hmmm,’ who looked into the underlying reasons for Leafs‘ cap moves today:

[quote_box_center]After the announced cuts, the Maple Leafs were over the salary cap by $246,333. By dropping Stuart Percy temporarily to the Marlies, they take off $863,333 and add in $650K for Troy Bodie bringing them to $68,983,000 which is just under the $69M salary cap.

They still had enough players on the roster without Percy, so why add Bodie if he wasn’t going to stick? Brandon Pridham may have had his fingerprints on this one in a clever little move. Let’s see.

Once the season starts, Booth can go on LTIR which then allows the Leafs to exceed their team salary by his $1.1M salary meaning they can go as high as $70,083,000. If they had not added Bodie, they could only have exceed to $69,483,000.

Troy Bodie, meanwhile, already cleared waivers so does not have to clear again within 30 calendar days.[/quote_box_center]

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