Leafs put Nic Petan on waivers

Leafs put Nic Petan on waivers

It’s waivers SZN, and there won’t be any shortage of Leafs players being waived in the coming days. Today’s waivers player was a fairly predictable one.

Large group on waivers today. Among them Backes (ANA), Bracco (CAR), Petan (TOR).
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 8, 2021

So, ignoring the other two for a minute, we’ll focus on Nic Petan, the Leaf who will is likely facing a demotion to the Marlies in the near future.
Petan being put on waivers relatively early in the process is probably being done as somewhat of a favour to Petan, giving him a chance to be claimed by another team and find an opportunity. It’s still doubtful he’ll get claimed, but for a player that has been looking for an opportunity in the NHL after being on the bubble in both Winnipeg and Toronto, this is another chance for the Leafs to try and do right by him.
Petan’s future is either likely to involve the Marlies or he’ll clear waivers and the Leafs will trade him for someone else’s AHL property or future considerations to allow him an opportunity but not having to deal with waiving him …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Exceptional Player Status could help ease league cap issues and give the Leafs a nice advantage

The Leafs are a have team in a league that has no shortage of teams claiming to be have nots. The fact that we are expected to weep for billionaires in Ottawa and Florida who do not have profitable organizations and have the Leafs stymied by limited salary caps and the league’s ridiculous quest for parity is a pain in the ass for fans who just want to see the Leafs win a cup and don’t care if rules are bent to do it.
The free spending Quinn years are a reminder that the Leafs can’t simply go out and buy a Cup, but they can come buy themselves into being in the conversation annually, and that’s why this suggestion from Kurt Overhardt is so intriguing…
Under this new system, each Club would be allowed to designate one Exception Player whose compensation would be excluded from the team’s salary cap considerations as well as the players’ share of the revenue split. The benefits of this system extend far past the Exception Player as an individual as there would now be more money in the pool available for his …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Kyle Clifford is a bit of a unicorn

There hasn’t really been a shortage of interesting takes on the Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford acquisitions and besides the hilarity of those saying that Clifford for Moore is essentially a wash, the next most interesting (but less wrong) take came from Kyle Dubas…
“He’ll make a big impact here right away, knowing his personality,” Dubas said Thursday. “If you have those elements to your game that you’re physical and competitive and you have a presence to you, you have to be able to play.
“He can play — and those guys aren’t in abundance anymore. I think that’s why when they’re available, the cost is pretty high.”
-via Sportsnet
I was curious to see just how rare guys like Clifford are and put out a couple of parameters. Players with positive expected goals differential, players with positive corsi differential, players with over 20 games played this season, and players with over 70 hits. Then since really we’re only looking at forwards in this scenario, I cut out the defensemen. The result is a list of 35 players in the league.
Rather than …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation