I spent Tuesday afternoon trying to crunch the numbers on the Leafs. They didn’t really seem to add up, so I tried to crunch them again. Every time I looked at the Leafs cap situation I could feel my head start throbbing more and more, thinking it didn’t make a lick of sense, but I was determined to figure out how Mrazek and Mikheyev return, while the Leafs cut back their lineup, but also have to deal with injuries to Sandin, Marner, Dermott, and the suspension to Spezza. I gave up anyway.
Luckily, our favourite TLN capologist, Earl Schwartz sent out some tweets later this evening that made me feel less stupid, because I was write that the numbers didn’t work, but he also made provides a timeline and outline for how to make things work for the Leafs…
Here’s the timeline for the Leafs:
Dec 11, last day for Mrazek to return from LTIR conditioning loan.
Dec 19, Spezza returns from suspension and roster freeze starts.
Dermott/Sandin back around Dec 23, earliest Marner can return if placed on LTIR retroactively is Dec 29. https://t.co/SorA0IuAj6
— Earl Schwartz (@EarlSchwartz27) December 8, 2021
Qualifiers: technically Mrazek could remain on LTIR …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation