What to expect from Frederik Andersen this summer

When it comes to goaltending and predicting the future, two words spring to mind: “Who knows?” The prevailing thought for years about goaltending has been that it is (a) voodoo and (b) very hard to predict year over year. We’ve seen it happen so many times, where a journeyman goaltender goes on a tear or a star goaltender suddenly can’t stop a beach ball.
For a while there it looked like Frederik Andersen was the anomaly after putting up three consecutive seasons of almost identical save percentages. However, a very up and down 2019-20 season has injected more uncertainty than ever about what he will bring to the table once playoff games begin in August after a four-month pause of the season.
By The Numbers
The best you could possibly ask from your goaltender is that he makes the saves he should make. Anything above and beyond that is simply gravy. And since landing in Toronto, Andersen has delivered more gravy than a Smoke’s Poutinerie on 4/20.
For the better part of four season as the Maple Leafs’ starting goaltender, Andersen has been one of the top goaltenders in the league, as …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Elliotte Friedman reporting that no contract talks have taken place with Jason Spezza

It’s 31 Thoughts time, and with that comes a little bit of Leafs news…
Jason Spezza does not view these final five weeks (plus potential playoffs) as the end of his career. He says there have been no contract talks with Toronto, but he wants to play again next season.
So that’s something. We know that Jason Spezza wants to be in the league next year, but nothing as of yet on whether that will be with the Leafs. That gives us a fair bit to explore.
First, there is the fact that Jason Spezza has shown very clearly he’s better than a league minimum player and I’m not sure the Leafs would be fortunate enough to get him at a completely bargain basement price again. The fact that they are saying that contract talks haven’t started yet probably points to Jason Spezza wanting more than $700k next year, and this year a chance to play on a contending team, in his hometown, and to show the league that he still has hockey left in him.
Secondly, there is hockey left in Jason Spezza…
Spezza’s offensive outputs …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Hutchinson placed on waivers

It comes as no surprise, given the imminent return of Freddie Andersen that Michael Hutchinson has been placed on waivers today. And while we all knew it was coming, we’ll look at the logistics of it anyway.

Michael Hutchinson (TOR) has been placed on waivers
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 13, 2020
That stat line for Hutchinson isn’t particularly friendly this year…
GP
W
SV%
GAA
QS
GSAA
15
4
0.886
3.66
0.273
-9.72
And in three games, Jack Campbell is already to have of Hutchinson’s win total as a Leaf this season. So yeah, this move is understandable.
Will he get claimed?
I honestly can’t imagine why he would, unless another team is looking to move one of their NHL goaltenders, and they would rather ride out the year with Hutchinson rather than promote their third string guy. I’d look at a situation like Ottawa, where they are attempting to move Anderson or Detroit if they are looking to move Bernier or Howard, or the Devils if they realize that Hutchinson might be good enough to be their starter.
No matter what, it’s probably not happening.
Hutchinson on the Marlies
Given that the …

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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

How to Maximize the Long Term Injured Reserve

When it comes to understanding how injury reserve works in relation to the salary cap there are three key points to get your head wrapped around.
First, the injured player’s average salary is not subtracted from the total cap hit. Instead, the cap limit is increased. Second, when injury reserve is evoked, the salary for the injured player can be replaced by any combination of players as long as their total aggregate average salary is equal to or less than the player they are replacing. Third, the cap limit is only increased enough to accommodate the additional salary incurred by the replacement player(s).
If the team is below the cap limit when a player is injured, injury reserve is only invoked if the replacement brings them over the cap limit.
Consider an example where a team has a total cap hit of $79 million and a player worth $3 million becomes injured. The player will only be placed on injured reserve if his replacements are worth more than $2.5 million and bring the team over the $81.5 million salary cap limit. He can be replaced by any combination of players worth up to $3 million and the team’s cap limit is increased …

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Author: Adrian Pooley / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Depth Signings Suggest Marlies Could Be Even Better Next Year

When it comes to the offseason plans of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, it’s out with the old and in with the new.
Coming off a season in which the organization’s most promising prospects – Rasmus Sandin, Jeremy Bracco, Timothy LIljegren, Adam Brooks, Pierre Engvall and Mason Marchment – propelled the team to within two wins from advancing to their second consecutive Calder Cup Finals, the Marlies’ supporting cast is undergoing a facelift this offseason. While Toronto has never been shy to flex their financial muscle in signing marquee AHL talent to NHL one-way deals, they upped the ante this offseason.
Those players can be deemed “accelerators”, whose jobs are to otherwise accelerate the development of the Leafs’ young prospects by surrounding them with high-level talent relative to the level.
You see, the majority of the Leafs’ new additions – Pontus Aberg, Kenny Agostino, Tyler Gaudet, Kalle Kossila, Nick Shore, Garret Wilson and Kevin Gravel – aren’t just really good AHL players, but also capable NHL utility players. And the thing is, with only a handful of spots up for grabs at this years’ training camps, most of these recent acquisitions will be Marlies bound in the fall.
2019-2020 Potential …

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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation

Point Man #30: D’Angelo and Schroder make the scene — and trouble follows

While one crew comes at Silverstern from the wing, D’Angelo and Schroder bring the heat straight down the middle. It means trouble for everyone just as the job gets going. While Lowry, Conley and the rest make their move on Silverstern, the remains of Kidd’s Trio, D’Angelo Russell and Dennis Schroder, make the scene too. And they’re already making far too much noise.
Catch up on Pages 29 of POINT MAN here.
Words: Daniel Reynolds
Art: Michael Kennedy (on Instagram)
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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ

The Leafs aren’t in an ideal situation heading into the draft

The running theme of the next month when it comes to our draft coverage is the Leafs lack of a first round pick. I’d argue that this is likely going to change at some point, or at least they might add an additional 2nd or some thirds along the way, but a team in salary cap hell that has a GM committed to maintaining a talent pipeline is going to explore some options here, if for no other reason than knowing that steady flow of entry level contracts exceeding their value is the only way to be competitive in the NHL.
Reminder of where everyone sits when it comes to draft position

Here’s our starting point. The actual draft order. It should go without saying that pick one is better than pick two, and so on down the line, but it’s interesting to see how much better. Using Michael Schucker’s draft pick values pick eight is already half as valuable as the first overall pick. This is good news for everyone who is happy to see Edmonton stop getting (and ruining) nice things.

So with values starting at 1000 (Auston Matthews) we slowly dwindle down to the 30 …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs and Bruins Subreddits Join Forces for Greater Good

With playoffs always comes a lot of tension. On the ice alone, you see the 20 players on each team go toe to toe, battle over every puck, fight for every goal, and even throw a few punches here and there.
Off the ice, it’s almost as bad, as the dueling fanbases constantly chirp, heckle, and gloat at each other, and it can reach heights of interesting proportions, such as the recent racial slurs directed towards Kadri.
But, with every battle, there’s always something good that comes out of it. Sometimes it’s very clear what that is, sometimes it’s hidden behind the carnage. In the case of this series, one corner of the internet has decided to direct their anger at each other to contribute towards charity.
Both the Leafs subreddit (r/leafs) and the Bruins subreddit (r/BostonBruins) joined forces to donate to a couple of good causes in their respective communities. And there’s only one. For every Leafs win, fans participating in the cause would donate to the Boston Children’s Hospital. For every Bruins win, they donate to Toronto Sick Kids.
After that, it’s up to the participant to decide how much …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation