Leafs and Kyle Clifford can make the most of this reunion

The Leafs have an incredible amount of depth players, and they just acquired Kyle Clifford.
But why?
Clifford brings a different type of game than many of the Leafs’ depth options. The 30-year-old is physical, has a heavy body, but most importantly, he’s a leader.
He also has two Stanley Cups to his name, if you want to put that in there.
This addition was a no-risk move for the Leafs. Since Toronto traded for him, he didn’t have to clear waivers to get to the Toronto Marlies. At $1-million, Clifford’s cap hit is buriable and won’t affect any of the Leafs’ plans unless he’s called up.
One of the reasons they brought him in is because having depth isn’t a problem, especially if it’s Clifford. But this trade is also a chance for him to be closer to home. Born in Ayr, Ontario, the 30-year-old can play in the AHL and still be in the same city, unlike St. Louis’ situation.
Their AHL team, the Springfield Thunderbirds, is one-and-a-half hours away from St. Louis. Clifford has a wife and three kids, and it just wouldn’t make sense for him and his …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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