The Toronto Marlies’ odds of winning a second straight Calder Cup championship have drastically risen over the course of the last two weeks.
In the days leading up to the Marlies’ first round series sweep over the Rochester Americans, the Marlies appeared far from equipped to win back to back calder cups for the first time since the 2009-2010 Hershey Bears, let alone capable of advancing past the first round. But they went on to play spoiler to a deep Rochester team, thanks to the contributions that came from some of the Leafs’ most coveted prospects.
Although the Marlies’ commanding first round sweep certainly raised eyebrows around the league, it wasn’t enough to legitimize them as realistic cup contenders. Rather, it was the slew of transactions at the tail end of their duel with Rochester and in the subsequent days that followed, that really elevated the Marlies’ stock. Losing to the Bruins in game seven of the first round for a second consecutive season meant that just like the season prior, the Marlies would be getting gifted with some reinforcements for their playoff run. -A year ago, the Leafs sent Andreas Johnsson and Travis Dermott to the AHL for …
Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation