The Leafs haven’t had the greatest luck this year with sneaking people through waivers.
VAN claims Vesey
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 17, 2021
Anyway, if the Canucks are going to start selling off players, they’ll need to add some bodies, and for the Leafs, well the decision to waive Jimmy Vesey was entirely based on roster flexibility, and the Leafs have that now. Vesey hasn’t been the misfire he may have been labelled as at times, and as far as outputs from a replacement level player on a $900k contract, his five goals haven’t been bad, and while he hasn’t stood out in any situation, he hasn’t been horrifically out of place in any situation either. The biggest issues were that as far as gambling on Vesey being more than he was in Buffalo last year don’t seem to be yielding the ideal results, and nothing about his performance truly warrants him being an everyday player. Waiving him so he can join the taxi squad and the Leafs can pursue other roster options makes sense, and Vesey is not a case for asset management. There was no trade market for him.
Wayne Simmonds appears to …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation