KHL players will be able to sign with NHL teams as of May 1st

Games may not be played anytime soon, but we’re just over a month away from KHL signing season, and if recent history has taught us anything, that’s a significant time for the Leafs.
From TSN:
With the KHL season officially being cancelled Wednesday, players with expiring KHL contracts are free to sign with NHL teams as of May 1.
However, as TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports, the NHL has instructed teams that they can only sign players to deals that begin next season while this year’s campaign remains suspended. Whether or not that changes if the NHL resumes play is unclear.
So as far as Leafs reserve list players they’d possibly consider bringing over, there isn’t much over there, no Egor Korshkov in waiting. Vladislav Kara is an intriguing option, but he’s still got some development time, and I can’t see the Leafs rushing this Russian.
Now if the Leafs are wanting to consider their tradition of bringing over KHLers like Soshnikov, Zaitsev, Ozhiganov, or Mikheyev, the Leafs have had rumoured interest in a number of KHLers this season…
Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Doing the Marlies Shuffle: Petan Up, Liljegren Down

The Leafs aren’t wasting anytime when it comes to shuffling their roster and moves that were strongly hinted or outright promised last night are official today…

The @MapleLeafs have recalled forward Nic Petan from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).
Defenceman Timothy Liljegren has been loaned to the Marlies. #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) October 3, 2019
During his first period media availability Kyle Dubas stated that Liljegren would be returning to the Marlies and taking his rightful place as a top pairing defender on the farm team. It’s what’s best for his development, and no good comes from having him sit around the Leafs press box indefinitely. It’s best to level that someone with experience doing that like Justin Holl. Timothy Liljegren served his purpose by allowing the Leafs to maximize their LTIR cap space, and now most of the Marlies can be recalled without it interfering with the Leafs cap situation, with the exception of Egor Korshkov and Pierre Engvall who make slightly too much.
Additionally, Elliotte Friedman pointed out last night that Nic Petan was in the press box for the Leafs game last night and that created evidence based speculation that Petan was getting recalled. This really shouldn’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation