One hour to go, and Petr Mrazek has cleared waivers

The Leafs’ goaltending situation remains murky. As Nick Barden just wrote, Harri Sateri did not in fact make it to Toronto, and the Leafs might be in the exact same situation they were a couple of days ago thanks to Petr Mrazek clearing waivers.

Petr Mrazek (TOR) clears waivers.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 21, 2022

Dang. Now, the Leafs still have the opportunity to demote Mrazek to the Marlies and have him work out the plentiful issues that are currently plaguing him. That would give the Leafs $1.125M of cap relief, which presumably they’d be spending on another goaltender.
There is also still an hour left for the Leafs to move Mrazek to a team willing to take a chance on him as a reclamation project. A team like Chicago, which now finds itself down a goaltender might be a landing spot. A team like Buffalo makes sense as well, but it’s important to also remember that Mrazek has a no-trade clause, which means he has a ten team list of places he won’t go. Whenever we’re talking about clauses like that, teams like Buffalo stop being an option.
With an hour to go, there is still some hope, and for those of you who really want to cling to hope, Mrazek can still be dealt after the trade deadline. He’d just be ineligible for the playoffs. As unlikely as that is, Toronto could potentially wait until Muzzin is ready to return from the LTIR before moving Mrazek.
Back on planet Earth, we are really just dealing with the hope that he …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Hot Takes from the Farm: Week Two

Full time players are now approaching 50 AB and we are in that murky area in which we can be impressed with a very hot start while still reserving judgement over quite cold starts. Snap conclusions about pitchers are even harder given the sample size but we have to talk about SOMETHING, right?
The system does feature some impressive work a dozen games in and it’s okay to be impressed. Let’s take a look at some of them on a team-by-team basis.
Buffalo
Obviously Valdito is the story everyone wants to talk about. He’s likely to suit up four more times for the Bisons (he’s only played five games for them so far because of the weather, none of them at home) but hardly anyone disputes the bat is ready. Beyond VGJ though, there’s other offense to speak of. Take Cavan Biggio for example. He’s hitting a crisp .439 and has more walks than strikeouts which is crucial given one of the lingering concerns from last year was the strikeout rate. Outfielder Roemon Fields, who struggled mightily with the bat last year, is off to a hot start as well. To be fair, he’s a …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation