Life without Joe Thornton

It was fun while it lasted, but five games into the Joe Thornton era we are being treated to an indefinite hiatus. It appears that we are looking at weeks rather than days in waiting for his return based on early speculation, and with the recall of Joey Anderson to join the Leafs practice squad there will be some changes coming to the Leafs forward group.

Joe Thornton will not be available for Friday’s game against Edmonton. “Not a day-to-day thing at this point”, still need to run further tests to determine the severity of his injury.
— Danielle Emanuele (@dee_emanuele) January 21, 2021

With the loss of Robertson and Thornton, the Leafs are now sitting at 10 healthy forwards, and 7 defensemen in their lineup, with only $560k of cap space to make a recall. Basically the Leafs can’t recall anyone unless they also demote Mikko Lehtonen to the taxi squad, and up their flexibility to $1.485M, which would allow them to recall two of Adam Brooks, Joey Anderson, and Travis Boyd.
The other option for the Leafs is to put Thornton and Robertson on their injured reserve, and bring up in Barabanov while keeping Lehtonen on their roster. This decision would …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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