The Toronto Maple Leafs must become roster limit and cap compliant by 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday.
The team is currently carrying 24 players — plus Brandon Prust on a PTO; he will remain with the team but will not be signed, per Lou Lamoriello — including 14 forwards, 8 defencemen, and two goalies.
The final decision comes down to whether the Leafs are going to carry 14 forwards and 7 defencemen or 13 forwards and 8 defencemen. If it’s the latter, the team will have to choose between demoting Brooks Laich (who has already been passed through waivers), Josh Leivo (who would need to go on waivers tomorrow), or Connor Brown (does not require waivers) to the Marlies.
Lou Lamoriello has also mentioned a few injury situations, meaning the Leafs could move one of their players onto IR for the time being.
There is also the possibility of the Leafs claiming someone from the waiver wire, which is chocked full today as teams pare down to their final 23 players in time for tomorrow at 5 p.m. As the last-placed team in 2015-16, the Leafs are currently at the top of the waiver priority list. One name piquing interest today is Detroit’s Teemu Pulkkinen, a highly productive scoring winger in the AHL who did not make the Red Wings’ opening day roster.
The Leafs officially sent Nikita Soshnikov to Marlies camp today, while Colin Greening, Andrew Campbell and Byron Froese cleared waivers and will head to Ricoh as well. Brooks Laich also cleared, but practiced with the Leafs today and has not been demoted as of Monday night.
In Marlies news, 2016 fourth round pick Adam Brooks, winner of the 2015-16 WHL scoring title, has been returned to Regina for an overage year following the team’s first round of cuts. Travis Dermott, Andrew Nielsen and Dmytro Timashov remain in Marlies camp — all are eligible for the AHL or junior this season.
Matt Lashoff, Ethan Werek, Brett Bulmer, John Kurtz, and Nick Luukko have been released from their PTOs. Here is the Marlies’ updated training camp roster.
Toronto Maple Leafs Training Camp Roster Tracker – October 10, 2016
Toronto Maple Leafs Training Camp Roster Breakdown – October 3, 2017
|T. Bozak||C. Rosen||R. McGregor||C. Grundstrom|
|Z. Hyman||T. Liljegren||K. Middleton|
|N. Kadri||B. Smith||E. Rasanen|
|van Riemsdyk||K. Rychel||F. Gordeev|
|L. Komarov||C. Greening||N. Mattinen|
|M. Martin||V. LoVerde||I. Scott|
|A. Matthews||C. Mueller|
|W. Nylander||N. Soshnikov|
|M. Marner||K. Kapanen|
|D. Moore||M. Aaltonen|
|P. Marleau||T. Dermott|
|C. Brown||A. Johnsson|
|J. Leivo*||J. Bracco|
|E. Fehr*||M. Dzierkals|
|M. Rielly||A. Brooks|
|N. Zaitsev||R. Clune|
|C. Carrick||J. Dupuy|
|R. Hainsey||F. Gauthier|
|J. Gardiner||T. Moore|
|M. Marincin*||M. Novak|
|A. Borgman||J. Piccinich|
|F. Andersen||K. Pospisil|
|C. McElhinney||D. Timashov|
Toronto Maple Leafs Waivers Chart
|Player||Signing Age||2017-18 Exempt?||Seasons Completed||Seasons Remaining||NHL GP Remaining||Eligible|
|Soshnikov||22||YES||2||1||3||2018-19 / 3GP|
|Aaltonen||24||YES||0||2||60||2019-20 / 60GP|
|Rosen||23||YES||0||3||60||2020-21 / 60GP|
|Borgman||22||YES||0||3||70||2020-21 / 70GP|
No longer waiver exempt
Full Toronto Maple Leafs Training Camp Roster – October 10, 2016
|Bozak, Tyler||Matthews, Auston|
|Hyman, Zach||Michalek, Milan|
|Brown, Connor||Kadri, Nazem||Nylander, William|
|Komarov, Leo||Prust, Brandon|
|van Riemsdyk, James|
|Holland, Peter||Martin, Matt|
|Borgman, Andreas||Holl, Justin|
|Rosen, Calle||Nielsen, Andrew|
|Carrick, Connor||Polak, Roman**|
|Dermott, Travis||Marincin, Martin|
|Hainsey, Ron||Valiev, Rinat|
|Gardiner, Jake||Liljegren, Timothy||Zaitsev, Nikita|
|Andersen, Frederik||Kaskisuo, Kasimir|
**Professional Tryout Agreement
***Amateur Tryout Agreement