Are Lehtonen and Barabanov eligible for the NHL’s return to play?

Are Lehtonen and Barabanov eligible for the NHL’s return to play? The quick answer, probably not.
Alexander Barabanov and Mikko Lehtonen weren’t on the Leafs reserve list, let alone roster at the time of the trade deadline and were signed to contracts set to begin with the 2020-21 season. Odds are they won’t be playing, but that doesn’t mean that we now have reason to question that stance…

Big news if true: NHL will allow new contracted players to join NHL clubs for the RTP, meaning Romanov could be in for the #Habs. This is pending an approved deal between all parties. #GoHabsGo https://t.co/EAygAhTQys
— Andrew Zadarnowski (@AZadarski) June 30, 2020
The Romanov example is one of a player who was on the Canadiens reserve list, and while he didn’t have a contract, there’s more of a case to be made for him to be part of the organization moreso than the two Leafs we’d consider seeing added to the playoff group. There’s also this cold water…

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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