Canucks claim Travis Boyd, because why shouldn’t Toronto build their 4th line for them?

Sequels are never as much fun as the original, and I have to admit being decidedly less happy about Travis Boyd being claimed by the Canucks than I was about Jimmy Vesey being claimed.

Vancouver claims Travis Boyd off waivers from Toronto.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 22, 2021

So, here’s the stuff that pulls us all in from the ledge. Travis Boyd is a depth player, and his departure means the Leafs now don’t need to worry about his prorated $700k taking up space on the roster. That’s a small amount but every little bit helps give the team more flexibility at the trade deadline. Of course they would have had that same flexibility if he cleared and was assigned to their taxi squad, but this is about justifying the waiving.
The reality is this move does kinda hurt. Boyd was an option at center. Thinning out that position is generally not a good thing, and with Boyd gone, there is now some pressure on Adam Brooks to wow us when we are in our time of need.
Boyd put up three goals and eight points in 20 games for the Leafs this season, which is pretty remarkable for someone …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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