Rielly to return Tuesday? Liljegren returns to the Marlies

Earlier tonight we saw the activation of Cody Ceci from the Injured Reserve, that was immediately followed by the announcement that he would be playing  tonight against the Ducks.
There were initially reports that Rasmus Sandin would be the lone defenseman out tonight, but that was soon dismissed by this…

Liljegren going back to the Marlies will see Rosen and Ceci team up on Toronto’s 3rd pairing tonight in Anaheim. #LeafsForever
— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) March 7, 2020
So that explains why the Sandin is classified as the lone defenseman out, as Liljegren is now off the Leafs roster.
The cut of Liljegren isn’t at all surprising, as he seemed to be enjoying the least amount of confidence from Sheldon Keefe, despite not looking bad in his limited usage, but that limited usage matters. Keefe has been willing to lean on Marincin and Sandin at different times, and has a certain level of comfort with Calle Rosen as well, and putting an aggressively offensive defenseman like Liljegren on the ice with another rookie partner like Sandin might have been a little too much at this point.
Whether it’s this season or the start of …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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