Arizona Coyotes claim Jonas Johansson off waivers from Colorado Avalanche

The Arizona Coyotes have claimed goaltender Jonas Johansson off waivers from the Colorado Avalanche, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Friday.

Johansson, 27, split the 2021–22 season between the Avalanche and Florida Panthers, posting a 3–4–1 record and an .852 save percentage in 11 games.

The 6’4″, 205-pound Swede is signed for the 2022–23 season at a $750,000 National Hockey League cap hit.

The Coyotes have reportedly been searching for a backup goaltender to play behind presumptive starter Karel Vejmelka this summer, with Jon Gillies, Ivan Prosvetov, and David Tendeck signed more for organizational depth purposes.

Vejmelka, 26, gave the Coyotes a fighting chance more often than not last season, ultimately posting a 13–32–3 record and an .898 save percentage in 52 games. He played his best when he had a reliable backup in Scott Wedgewood, who the Coyotes shipped off to the Dallas Stars at the 2022 trade deadline.

It remains to be seen whether Johansson will occupy the Coyotes’ backup goaltender spot this season. Selected in the third round by the Buffalo Sabres at the 2014 NHL Draft, Johansson has gone 9–13–4 with an .883 save percentage in 32 career games with Buffalo, Colorado, and Florida.

Johansson stopped nine of 10 shots for the Avalanche in his last pre-season appearance with the club, mopping up for Alexandar Georgiev in the third period of a 7–1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.

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Leafs playing around with their D Leafs Camp Report

So far in training camp the Leafs have dealt with injuries to Jake Muzzin, Timothy Liljegren, Carl Dahlstrom, Axel Rindell, Jordie Benn, as well as Rasmus Sandin being without contract until early this morning. The lack of D made for the fun moments of Alex Kerfoot and Calle Jarnkrok playing some defense, but interestingly enough the Leafs have been exploring some other defensive alternatives.

Here’s the more conventional one.

Moving Morgan Rielly over to the right side seems like the best alternative of all the play on the right options, at least in my mind. The drawback is splitting up the Rielly-Brodie pairing, but given that Rielly is equally helpful in the defensive zone no matter the side that he’s on, it makes sense to open up the left side for players like Muzzin, Giordano, or Sandin to thrive. In the case of Muzzin and Sandin having them on the left side seems very much a requirement, but with Giordano it seems possible that he could the next contestant on the right side if Rielly doesn’t pan out.

It’s also nice to see that Rielly seems to be the one who stepped up to address the need and wonder if we see him cross sides of the ice when the puck crosses center ice to put him in the spot that he will thrive the most offensively.

It appears that Alex Kerfoot and Calle Jarnkrok playing defense was just the appetizer, Mitch Marner could be the main course. The Leafs are exploring the idea of situational defensive use for Mitch and it’s hard to argue that the idea isn’t intriguing.

Marner has a good head for the defensive game and often where he sets up in the offensive zone puts him in a good place to control the puck cycle in the same fashion as a strong offensive defenseman. Marner has also shown in the past during empty net situations that he is committed to getting back to break up any chances. We’ve also seen enough bad Leafs defense during the Burke and Nonis years to know there are far worse alternatives than Mitch.

I’ll have a bit more on the lines in a bit, but the main thing that catches my eye here is that Holl is now playing with Kral. This could just be Kral placeholding for Sandin until he joins the Leafs, but it also gives the impression that even in a time of defensive shortages, Holl is very much on the outside looking in. With Sandin signed and with a lack of cap relief in other places, Holl truly appears to be the odd man out.

Looking at the lines

It’s hard not to find the Malgin-Holmberg-Robertson line to be a lot of fun. Pontus Holmberg and Denis Malgin have been a couple of the best preseason performers to date, and Nick Robertson’s goal against Montreal once again has people excited about him starting the year with the Leafs. Of course, two thirds of that line don’t require waivers and that makes them a tough sell to start the season with the Leafs. Holmberg and Robertson also have cap hits above $750k, and the Leafs will likely need to lean on the players making the league minimum at least to start the year. Still, that looks like 2/3rds of a great Marlies top line, and Malgin, who most definitely seems to be a Leaf to start the season.

ZAR-Kampf-NAK is the truly NHL bound line that is going to get a lot of time together. While it seems like they’ll potentially get listed as the 4th line on the Leafs, I’m not doubting that Toronto will very much have a 3A/3B feel to it and it is going to come down to which end of the ice the puck is in that determines who comes over the boards.

Other notables from this group are that Simmonds very much seems to be out on the out, Steeves isn’t getting the best chance to show what he can do as there is substance to his game, and Gaudette seems likely to replace SDA when he’s feeling better. It’s been a tough start for Gaudette, but the fact that he’s on a $750k deal will get him plenty of opportunity to make his case in the lineup.

Also, it seems a little odd that Mete wasn’t playing with Holl as that looked like a possible 3rd pairing caliber duo.

The temporary 4th line will be a mystery. I’m guessing Gaudette, Malgin, and possibly just carrying Mete as a 7th D and going 11F/7D to start might be cost effective approach. Joey Anderson likely represents the 12F/6D option despite an underwhelming preseason so far.

The actual lines beyond the injuries seem to make a lot more sense. If you look at those three lines you can essentially roll them beyond the return of Engvall and Tavares, and simply put Engvall and Tavares on a line with Malgin. That might not be a popular combination, but certainly puts the Leafs in a situation were they are rolling four strong lines, and there is nothing to say that Nylander can’t be moved up to play with Tavares situationally replacing either Malgin or Engvall. That’s at least something I’d consider heading into the season.

It’s fun to predict what the Leafs will do and the picture is at least starting to become a bit clearer.

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Lightning donate $2 million US to Hurricane Ian relief efforts

The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are contributing $2 million US toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts.The NHL group revealed Friday that$1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.”This is a terrible circumstance for lots of families and communities throughout the state of Florida, however specifically so in the southwest region of the state, “Vinik stated in a statement launched by the team.” In times like these the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this contribution will assist families recuperate and restore in the months to come.”Ian made landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay location. The Lightning held off two home preseason games and moved the club’s training school to Nashville, Tennessee, during the storm.

Flames Post-Game Locals beat out-manned Oilers in pre-season play

The Calgary Flames hosted the Edmonton Oilers at the Saddledome on Wednesday night. But because it’s the pre-season, the Flames iced most of their regulars while the visitors brought the Bakersfield bunch, bereft of much starpower.

Faced with an out-manned Oilers opposition, the Flames summarily out-played and out-worked them, as you would expect them to, en route to a 4-0 exhibition victory.

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WATCH Andrey Kuzmenko scores first two goals as a Canuck in first period vs. Seattle

First, Andrey Kuzmenko had some time and space, and made no mistake.

Kuzmenko opened the scoring of the Canucks’ Thursday night tilt with the Seattle Kraken by wiring home a wrist shot less than three minutes into the first period.

Kuzmenko took a clean pass from Quinn Hughes and made this game 1-0 early.

As the saying goes, that’s a goal at any level.

But Kuzmenko wasn’t done there.

Just shy of the ten-minute mark of the period with the Canucks on the power play, Kuzmenko benefited from Elias Pettersson’s vision and playmaking ability to make it 2-0 on a goal that may have brought a tear to the eyes of Anson Carter and Alex Burrows.

Elias Pettersson picked up assists on both goals, for those keeping score at home.

The Canucks signed the highly sought-after Kuzmenko this past offseason after multiple teams were vying for the 26-year-old Russian winger.

Real Life Podcast Were busy and tired, the Oilers pre-season, and Frankie Lasagnas big miss

We’re another Thursday closer to the start of hockey season and that means the boys from the Real Life Podcast had plenty to talk about after missing the Monday episode because of meetings. On today’s show, the guys looked at the influx of new Nation Network programming, the Oilers’ pre-season, roster battles, and a whole more.

Kicking off today’s podcast, the guys got started with a confession about how tired and overwhelmed everyone is with everything that’s going on behind the scenes right now. With an avalanche of new shows and programming coming down the pipe across the Nation Network. As a result of the foggy brain, the guys decided that a beer would help to solve the issue. Changing gears, the guys dove into the Oilers’ pre-season and how everyone on the show expected more out of varying players. Has Warren Foegele done enough to stand out? Is Jake Virtanen doing enough with his PTO? Getting away from hockey entirely, the guys got Jay’s take on Big Brother and whether or not Taylor deserved to win the $750K. Lastly, the guys wrapped up the podcast with another warning to Nation citizens that if you want to come on the #NationVacation to Vegas that space is running out, and procrastinating will not be your friend here.

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Fantasy Hockey Rankings DFO Top 250

The DailyFaceoff Top 250 is based on the following scoring settings:

  • Skaters – Goals, Assists, Shots, Plus/Minus, and Power-play Points
  • Goalies – Wins, GAA, SV%, and shutouts.

If you are looking for more than the Top 250 or leagues that include different stats such as Hits, Blocked Shots, Faceoff Wins for Skaters, or Saves and Goals Against for Goalies, then use our Customizable Rankings Tool, which includes 650+ skaters and goalies.

If you want the DFO TOP 250 at your fingertips on draft day, here’s a downloadable/printable PDF version.


Explanation of the columns:

  • Rank – DFO Ranking
  • ADP – Yahoo Average Draft Position
  • Diff. – Difference between DFO Ranking and ADP
  • Pos – Positional Ranking
  • G / W – Goals for Skaters and Wins for Goalies
  • A / GAA – Assists for Skaters and GAA for Goalies
  • Pts / SV% – Points for Skaters and SV% for Goalies
Rank ADP Diff. Player Team Pos. Age G / Wins A / GAA PTS / SV%
1 1.1 0.1 Connor McDavid EDM C1 26 43.6 83.3 126.9
2 2.3 0.3 Leon Draisaitl EDM LW1 27 50.7 64.5 115.2
3 3.1 0.1 Auston Matthews TOR C2 25 58.9 43.1 102.0
4 9.4 5.4 Nikita Kucherov TBL RW1 29 39.0 69.2 108.2
5 7.0 2.0 Kirill Kaprizov MIN LW2 25 44.8 52.6 97.4
6 4.6 -1.4 Nathan MacKinnon COL C3 27 34.8 63.3 98.1
7 5.5 -1.5 Cale Makar COL D1 24 23.5 59.8 83.3
8 8.0 0.0 Mikko Rantanen COL RW2 26 36.6 51.2 87.8
9 28.6 19.6 Kyle Connor WPG LW3 26 45.8 44.5 90.3
10 12.9 2.9 Alex Ovechkin WSH LW4 37 47.7 33.7 81.4
11 12.0 1.0 Jonathan Huberdeau CGY LW5 29 29.2 68.4 97.6
12 24.9 12.9 David Pastrnak BOS RW3 26 41.0 42.7 83.7
13 8.8 -4.2 Igor Shesterkin NYR G1 27 33.9 2.44 0.921
14 8.7 -5.3 Andrei Vasilevskiy TBL G2 28 36.4 2.50 0.919
15 14.5 -0.5 Victor Hedman TBL D2 32 16.7 58.9 75.6
16 20.5 4.5 Roman Josi NSH D3 32 19.2 59.5 78.7
17 20.5 3.5 Steven Stamkos TBL LW6 32 38.3 52.5 90.7
18 23.7 5.7 Artemi Panarin NYR LW7 31 27.4 72.9 100.3
19 13.6 -5.4 Aleksander Barkov FLA C4 27 36.6 49.8 86.4
20 18.0 -2.0 Mitch Marner TOR RW4 25 30.1 63.1 93.1
21 16.3 -4.7 Matthew Tkachuk FLA RW5 25 34.4 49.6 84.0
22 41.7 19.7 Patrick Kane CHI RW6 34 28.0 60.1 88.1
23 18.7 -4.3 Sidney Crosby PIT C5 35 32.7 56.3 89.1
24 41.4 17.4 Juuse Saros NSH G3 27 35.0 2.60 0.918
25 28.9 3.9 Mika Zibanejad NYR C6 29 35.3 45.3 80.6
26 20.1 -5.9 Johnny Gaudreau CBJ LW8 29 33.1 54.9 87.9
27 30.1 3.1 Sebastian Aho CAR C7 25 37.3 43.1 80.4
28 33.4 5.4 Jake Guentzel PIT LW9 28 38.3 45.9 84.2
29 30.3 1.3 Jacob Markstrom CGY G4 33 36.6 2.51 0.915
30 38.9 8.9 John Carlson WSH D4 33 16.4 56.1 72.5
31 37.1 6.1 Timo Meier SJS LW10 26 32.1 39.8 71.9
32 17.2 -14.8 Adam Fox NYR D5 24 10.5 59.9 70.3
33 30.1 -2.9 Ilya Sorokin NYI G5 27 25.9 2.54 0.919
34 63.1 29.1 Nikolaj Ehlers WPG RW7 26 32.7 36.2 68.9
35 34.5 -0.5 Aaron Ekblad FLA D6 26 16.6 42.5 59.1
36 40.3 4.3 Alex DeBrincat OTT LW11 25 37.9 35.3 73.3
37 21.9 -15.1 J.T. Miller VAN C8 29 29.0 57.7 86.7
38 47.6 9.6 Elias Lindholm CGY C9 28 36.0 36.0 72.0
39 42.9 3.9 Jack Eichel VGK C10 26 29.0 38.9 67.9
40 53.7 13.7 Frederik Andersen CAR G6 33 31.7 2.45 0.915
41 63.3 22.3 Evander Kane EDM LW12 31 35.1 29.7 64.9
42 63.4 21.4 Kevin Fiala LAK RW8 26 32.3 45.5 77.9
43 53.1 10.1 Vladimir Tarasenko STL RW9 31 30.2 43.1 73.3
44 57.7 13.7 Filip Forsberg NSH LW13 28 34.6 39.3 73.9
45 64.6 19.6 William Nylander TOR RW10 26 32.1 41.7 73.9
46 48.6 2.6 Jason Robertson DAL LW14 23 36.1 40.6 76.7
47 65.8 18.8 John Tavares TOR C11 32 28.3 45.7 74.0
48 59.5 11.5 Kris Letang PIT D7 35 11.8 51.7 63.5
49 81.0 32.0 Patrik Laine CBJ RW11 24 31.6 35.9 67.5
50 30.9 -19.1 Brady Tkachuk OTT LW15 23 28.1 33.6 61.7
51 50.6 -0.4 Quinn Hughes VAN D8 23 8.2 60.1 68.3
52 51.8 -0.2 Marc-Andre Fleury MIN G7 38 30.8 2.63 0.915
53 37.7 -15.3 Andrei Svechnikov CAR LW16 22 27.9 40.4 68.3
54 62.1 8.1 Evgeni Malkin PIT C12 36 27.6 44.3 71.9
55 75.8 20.8 Connor Hellebuyck WPG G8 29 30.7 2.77 0.914
56 83.1 27.1 Patrice Bergeron BOS C13 37 29.1 37.1 66.2
57 57.1 0.1 Thatcher Demko VAN G9 27 31.0 2.69 0.915
58 95.4 37.4 Jack Hughes NJD C14 21 27.7 36.7 64.4
59 117.1 58.1 Brayden Point TBL C15 26 32.5 38.1 70.6
60 64.5 4.5 Darcy Kuemper WSH G10 32 30.0 2.58 0.912
61 45.5 -15.5 Jake Oettinger DAL G11 24 30.4 2.66 0.913
62 133.1 71.1 Roope Hintz DAL C16 26 32.5 34.9 67.3
63 132.9 69.9 Mark Scheifele WPG C17 29 31.7 49.9 81.6
64 86.6 22.6 Shea Theodore VGK D9 27 12.9 40.3 53.2
65 54.8 -10.2 Morgan Rielly TOR D10 28 8.5 46.6 55.1
66 103.7 37.7 Dougie Hamilton NJD D11 29 13.5 32.6 46.1
67 45.2 -21.8 Moritz Seider DET D12 21 8.4 46.1 54.5
68 65.7 -2.3 Tristan Jarry PIT G12 27 29.4 2.67 0.914
69 74.6 5.6 Jack Campbell EDM G13 31 29.0 2.88 0.909
70 26.8 -43.2 Chris Kreider NYR LW17 31 33.9 22.7 56.6
71 65.7 -5.3 Sam Reinhart FLA RW12 27 31.9 38.4 70.3
72 30.8 -41.2 Gabriel Landeskog COL LW18 30 30.4 35.5 66.9
73 116.0 43.0 Brad Marchand BOS LW19 34 27.4 43.2 70.6
74 69.5 -4.5 Pavel Buchnevich STL LW20 27 28.3 42.9 71.2
75 75.5 0.5 Jeremy Swayman BOS G14 24 25.1 2.48 0.915
76 60.3 -15.7 Sergei Bobrovsky FLA G15 34 26.6 2.80 0.909
77 83.9 6.9 Teuvo Teravainen CAR LW21 28 20.8 45.1 65.9
78 85.7 7.7 Joe Pavelski DAL RW13 38 27.2 41.5 68.7
79 52.2 -26.8 Elias Pettersson VAN C18 24 30.3 36.7 66.9
80 98.6 18.6 Zach Werenski CBJ D13 25 14.8 34.1 48.9
81 66.6 -14.4 Evgeny Kuznetsov WSH C19 30 22.6 48.1 70.7
82 47.0 -35.0 Mark Stone VGK RW14 30 24.2 47.9 72.1
83 95.5 12.5 Jordan Kyrou STL RW15 24 26.6 44.9 71.5
84 96.0 12.0 Bryan Rust PIT RW16 30 29.7 35.2 64.9
85 81.5 -3.5 Rasmus Dahlin BUF D14 22 10.7 39.2 49.9
86 79.1 -6.9 Drew Doughty LAK D15 33 11.3 39.1 50.4
87 114.8 27.8 Thomas Chabot OTT D16 26 9.5 39.1 48.6
88 127.7 39.7 Anze Kopitar LAK C20 35 20.0 48.8 68.8
89 67.0 -22.0 Nazem Kadri CGY C21 32 22.2 40.7 62.9
90 85.6 -4.4 Drake Batherson OTT RW17 24 26.8 36.1 62.9
91 68.5 -22.5 Devon Toews COL D17 28 12.3 38.4 50.7
92 118.1 26.1 Trevor Zegras ANA C22 21 24.7 41.7 66.4
93 98.7 5.7 Brent Burns CAR D18 37 10.3 36.6 46.9
94 95.4 1.4 Noah Dobson NYI D19 23 11.1 34.2 45.3
95 55.6 -39.4 Claude Giroux OTT RW18 35 21.7 40.9 62.5
96 157.8 61.8 Tomas Hertl SJS C23 29 28.9 34.7 63.5
97 144.6 47.6 Dylan Larkin DET C24 26 26.5 36.5 63.0
98 147.3 49.3 Lucas Raymond DET RW19 20 25.5 37.6 63.1
99 141.5 42.5 Tage Thompson BUF C25 25 32.9 27.1 60.0
100 89.8 -10.2 Josh Norris OTT C26 23 33.5 25.0 58.5
101 137.0 36.0 Jordan Binnington STL G16 29 30.0 2.84 0.908
102 102.9 0.9 Alexandar Georgiev COL G17 26 26.1 2.64 0.911
103 121.1 18.1 Tony DeAngelo PHI D20 27 11.6 38.1 49.7
104 104.3 0.3 Torey Krug STL D21 31 7.5 39.6 47.1
105 76.7 -28.3 Matt Duchene NSH RW20 32 30.6 35.5 66.1
106 105.2 -0.8 Mats Zuccarello MIN RW21 35 19.2 47.7 66.9
107 157.3 50.3 Nick Suzuki MTL C27 23 22.1 41.6 63.7
108 98.3 -9.7 Tim Stützle OTT C28 21 23.4 38.2 61.6
109 163.8 54.8 Taylor Hall BOS LW22 31 20.1 37.5 57.5
110 111.8 1.8 Matt Boldy MIN LW23 21 23.8 34.2 58.0
111 114.8 3.8 Cole Caufield MTL LW24 22 29.1 25.3 54.5
112 104.5 -7.5 Evan Bouchard EDM D22 23 13.3 33.5 46.8
113 88.2 -24.8 Alex Pietrangelo VGK D23 33 13.3 30.8 44.1
114 125.8 11.8 Rasmus Andersson CGY D24 26 6.8 35.5 42.3
115 98.2 -16.8 Miro Heiskanen DAL D25 23 8.7 32.7 41.4
116 157.6 41.6 Vincent Trocheck NYR C29 29 20.8 33.4 54.2
117 105.3 -11.7 Cam Talbot OTT G18 35 21.1 2.89 0.911
118 152.4 34.4 Matt Murray TOR G19 28 28.6 2.76 0.909
119 129.7 10.7 Robert Thomas STL C30 23 18.3 51.1 69.4
120 141.4 21.4 Erik Karlsson SJS D26 32 11.2 32.2 43.4
121 121.4 0.4 John Klingberg ANA D27 30 7.8 39.6 47.4
122 124.3 2.3 Jesper Bratt NJD RW22 24 22.1 40.8 62.9
123 155.7 32.7 Elvis Merzlikins CBJ G20 28 23.9 2.98 0.910
124 159.8 35.8 Philipp Grubauer SEA G21 31 24.2 2.73 0.907
125 155.0 30.0 Pavel Francouz COL G22 26 23.9 2.62 0.912
126 106.5 -19.5 Jonathan Marchessault VGK RW23 32 28.0 35.3 63.3
127 156.4 29.4 Ryan O’Reilly STL C31 31 22.9 41.2 64.1
128 158.0 30.0 Mathew Barzal NYI C32 25 19.4 44.5 63.9
129 165.0 36.0 Tyler Toffoli CGY RW24 30 27.7 27.7 55.3
130 143.6 13.6 Clayton Keller ARI LW25 24 26.7 33.7 60.3
131 116.6 -14.4 Pierre-Luc Dubois WPG C33 24 26.0 31.7 57.7
132 159.3 27.3 Adrian Kempe LAK LW26 26 28.0 22.9 50.9
133 122.3 -10.7 Zach Hyman EDM RW25 30 28.7 29.0 57.7
134 155.7 21.7 Tyson Barrie EDM D28 31 7.3 34.9 42.2
135 150.9 15.9 David Perron DET RW26 34 25.5 38.7 64.1
136 163.5 27.5 Tyler Seguin DAL C34 31 22.4 29.7 52.1
137 135.2 -1.8 Charlie McAvoy BOS D29 25 6.8 31.6 38.4
138 136.5 -1.5 Jared Spurgeon MIN D30 33 11.3 29.0 40.3
139 161.7 22.7 Shayne Gostisbehere ARI D31 29 13.5 29.3 42.8
140 129.8 -10.2 Seth Jones CHI D32 28 6.6 40.3 46.9
141 167.1 26.1 Blake Wheeler WPG RW27 36 20.1 44.9 65.1
142 148.7 6.7 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM LW27 29 18.5 38.8 57.3
143 108.0 -35.0 Brayden Schenn STL LW28 31 25.3 34.7 59.9
144 149.4 5.4 Valeri Nichushkin COL LW29 27 24.4 27.4 51.8
145 164.3 19.3 Tyler Bertuzzi DET LW30 27 27.5 31.3 58.9
146 98.5 -47.5 Darnell Nurse EDM D33 27 12.3 28.2 40.5
147 150.6 3.6 Jakob Chychrun ARI D34 24 14.7 22.7 37.5
148 118.9 -29.1 Justin Faulk STL D35 30 12.6 26.3 38.9
149 152.8 3.8 Neal Pionk WPG D36 27 4.4 35.6 40.0
150 155.8 5.8 Ryan Hartman MIN C35 28 25.3 28.1 53.4
151 151.3 0.3 Michael Bunting TOR LW31 27 23.9 33.0 56.9
152 169.0 17.0 Seth Jarvis CAR RW28 20 20.5 32.5 53.1
153 157.2 4.2 Vince Dunn SEA D37 25 9.8 27.7 37.5
154 146.2 -7.8 Hampus Lindholm BOS D38 29 4.9 21.5 26.4
155 95.1 -59.9 Jonathan Quick LAK G23 37 23.9 2.73 0.907
156 138.0 -18.0 Mikhail Sergachev TBL D39 24 7.9 33.2 41.1
157 147.8 -9.2 Linus Ullmark BOS G24 29 20.8 2.55 0.913
158 171.8 13.8 Vitek Vanecek NJD G25 27 22.4 2.82 0.909
159 161.3 2.3 Andre Burakovsky SEA LW32 27 25.4 38.7 64.1
160 166.4 6.4 Jakub Vrana DET LW33 26 29.1 27.1 56.3
161 161.0 Phil Kessel VGK RW29 35 15.4 38.1 53.6
162 165.6 3.6 Oliver Bjorkstrand SEA RW30 27 25.8 27.6 53.4
163 142.5 -20.5 Sam Bennett FLA C36 26 24.6 23.9 48.5
164 174.0 10.0 Jeff Skinner BUF LW34 30 26.4 22.9 49.3
165 74.5 -90.5 Spencer Knight FLA G26 21 22.4 2.76 0.910
166 177.7 11.7 John Gibson ANA G27 29 24.4 2.96 0.908
167 183.3 16.3 Viktor Arvidsson LAK RW31 29 23.9 26.0 49.9
168 115.7 -52.3 Ilya Samsonov TOR G28 25 22.0 2.80 0.908
169 126.9 -42.1 Ville Husso DET G29 27 19.5 2.86 0.912
170 118.6 -51.4 Logan Thompson VGK G30 25 19.4 2.73 0.908
171 167.5 -3.5 Josh Morrissey WPG D40 27 9.5 27.5 37.1
172 159.0 -13.0 Matty Beniers SEA C37 19 20.1 38.1 58.2
173 144.6 -28.4 Troy Terry ANA RW32 25 26.1 27.3 53.4
174 165.1 -8.9 Alex Tuch BUF RW33 26 20.9 30.9 51.8
175 161.3 -13.7 T.J. Oshie WSH RW34 36 25.0 26.3 51.3
176 148.5 -27.5 Brock Boeser VAN RW35 25 22.6 26.6 49.1
177 160.6 -16.4 Andrew Mangiapane CGY RW36 26 30.0 20.4 50.4
178 164.5 -13.5 Artturi Lehkonen COL LW35 27 18.5 18.7 37.2
179 128.9 -50.1 Anton Forsberg OTT G31 30 17.7 2.98 0.908
180 161.2 -18.8 Damon Severson NJD D41 28 9.1 30.3 39.4
181 107.3 -73.7 Jacob Trouba NYR D42 28 8.3 24.1 32.4
182 164.7 -17.3 Nico Hischier NJD C38 24 20.3 33.7 54.1
183 168.0 -15.0 David Krejci BOS C39 35 13.1 41.1 54.3
184 183.6 -0.4 James Reimer SJS G32 34 18.4 2.91 0.908
185 155.0 -30.0 Yegor Sharangovich NJD LW36 24 24.3 22.7 47.0
186 166.7 -19.3 Anthony Mantha WSH RW37 28 18.7 23.5 42.2
187 166.4 -20.6 Mason McTavish ANA LW37 20 14.7 23.8 38.5
188 188.0 Marco Rossi MIN C40 21 13.3 24.6 37.9
189 125.8 -63.2 Noah Hanifin CGY D43 26 8.1 29.5 37.7
190 190.0 Ryan Strome ANA C41 29 20.7 33.3 53.9
191 169.8 -21.2 Logan Couture SJS C42 33 23.3 30.1 53.4
192 161.5 -30.5 Sean Couturier PHI C43 30 21.3 32.2 53.5
193 116.8 -76.2 Bowen Byram COL D44 21 8.7 28.1 36.8
194 165.8 -28.2 Jakub Voracek CBJ RW38 33 9.9 51.7 61.6
195 80.9 -114.1 MacKenzie Weegar CGY D45 29 7.8 31.3 39.1
196 158.5 -37.5 Jaccob Slavin CAR D46 28 5.1 31.6 36.7
197 157.0 -40.0 Semyon Varlamov NYI G33 34 14.7 2.71 0.914
198 166.7 -31.3 Boone Jenner CBJ C44 29 21.4 21.5 42.9
199 167.5 -31.5 Casey DeSmith PIT G34 31 16.5 2.73 0.911
200 169.4 -30.6 Rickard Rakell PIT RW39 29 17.1 23.7 40.9
201 161.5 -39.5 Travis Konecny PHI RW40 25 19.4 37.3 56.7
202 170.7 -31.3 Mikael Granlund NSH C45 30 15.6 37.8 53.4
203 157.3 -45.7 Victor Olofsson BUF RW41 27 20.0 27.8 47.8
204 204.0 Andrei Kuzmenko VAN LW38 26 17.9 25.0 42.9
205 54.3 -150.7 Max Pacioretty CAR LW39 34 16.5 17.3 33.9
206 169.9 -36.1 Alex Killorn TBL LW40 33 25.1 30.5 55.5
207 111.7 -95.3 Owen Power BUF D47 20 7.8 25.5 33.3
208 169.9 -38.1 Jamie Drysdale ANA D48 20 6.0 27.7 33.7
209 146.6 -62.4 Jeff Petry PIT D49 35 9.7 27.7 37.4
210 169.7 -40.3 Carter Hart PHI G35 24 24.2 2.99 0.905
211 211.0 Jake Allen MTL G36 32 21.1 2.95 0.909
212 169.9 -42.1 Nick Schmaltz ARI RW42 26 21.3 36.5 57.8
213 164.1 -48.9 Alexis Lafrenière NYR LW41 21 20.4 24.1 44.5
214 175.6 -38.4 Carter Verhaeghe FLA LW42 27 24.2 28.3 52.5
215 153.3 -61.7 Bo Horvat VAN C46 27 29.3 27.3 56.6
216 164.8 -51.2 Brock Nelson NYI C47 31 27.2 24.5 51.7
217 217.0 Max Domi CHI LW43 27 15.7 30.6 46.3
218 176.4 -41.6 Cole Perfetti WPG RW43 21 14.5 26.5 41.1
219 219.0 Martin Necas CAR RW44 24 16.9 29.3 46.2
220 220.0 Alex Newhook COL C48 22 17.9 24.1 42.1
221 159.5 -61.5 Anton Lundell FLA C49 21 20.7 27.1 47.8
222 173.6 -48.4 Chandler Stephenson VGK C50 28 19.7 35.7 55.5
223 183.8 -39.2 Alex Nedeljkovic DET G37 27 17.3 2.98 0.909
224 168.5 -55.5 Ryan Johansen NSH C51 30 19.9 31.5 51.3
225 168.7 -56.3 Jared McCann SEA LW44 25 24.3 25.5 49.8
226 172.2 -53.8 Andrew Copp DET C52 28 19.5 29.7 49.2
227 160.7 -66.3 Peyton Krebs BUF LW45 22 11.2 25.1 36.3
228 182.0 -46.0 Antti Raanta CAR G38 33 15.2 2.63 0.909
229 229.0 Jordan Eberle SEA RW45 31 21.1 24.5 45.7
230 171.9 -58.1 Ondrej Palat NJD LW46 31 19.3 33.9 53.3
231 163.1 -67.9 Cam Atkinson PHI RW46 33 22.6 26.5 49.1
232 172.1 -59.9 Mason Marchment DAL LW47 27 17.7 31.1 48.7
233 164.7 -68.3 Joel Eriksson Ek MIN C53 26 25.3 23.3 48.6
234 161.7 -72.3 Gustav Forsling FLA D50 26 9.5 24.5 34.0
235 164.9 -70.1 Anders Lee NYI LW48 32 27.5 20.5 48.0
236 165.3 -70.7 Ivan Provorov PHI D51 26 10.3 23.6 33.9
237 169.2 -67.8 Mark Giordano TOR D52 39 7.8 23.7 31.5
238 238.0 Mike Hoffman MTL RW47 33 21.9 25.2 47.1
239 175.0 -64.0 Conor Garland VAN RW48 26 20.3 31.7 52.1
240 240.0 Jonathan Toews CHI C54 34 17.9 33.9 51.9
241 171.8 -69.2 Jamie Benn DAL LW49 33 18.5 28.6 47.1
242 242.0 Jack Quinn BUF RW49 21 20.7 24.3 44.9
243 145.0 -98.0 Jake Sanderson OTT D53 20 7.7 22.1 29.7
244 162.5 -81.5 Matt Dumba MIN D54 28 8.6 22.0 30.6
245 172.4 -72.6 Cal Petersen LAK G39 28 18.2 2.81 0.905
246 172.3 -73.7 Kaapo Kahkonen SJS G40 26 14.3 3.05 0.903
247 167.9 -79.1 Jake DeBrusk BOS LW50 26 19.3 16.1 35.5
248 166.3 -81.7 Eric Comrie BUF G41 27 15.6 2.89 0.911
249 249.0 Craig Anderson BUF G42 41 16.1 3.08 0.905
250 250.0 Petr Mrazek CHI G43 30 16.4 3.02 0.907

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The Leafs cap crunch tightens with the Sandin signing

Spiderman’s Grandpa or guidance counselor, or clergyman was right. With great Sandin comes great cap problems. While it’s nice to have another defenseman back in the Leafs lineup, a signed Rasmus Sandin means that we need to take another look at what exactly is happening with the Leafs salary cap situation.

Sandin under contract has pushed the Leafs to what is essentially the Justin Holl’s contract margin of getting compliant with the salary cap. If Justin Holl is dealt, and Nick Robertson is sent to the Marlies in favour of someone making $769k or less, the Leafs are cap compliant. The problem is that still leaves Toronto down one player and doesn’t account for the desired signing of Zach Aston-Reese, which is rumoured to be at the $850k price point. (It’s also important to note that’s already a pretty deep discount that Aston-Reese is providing and is unlikely to go much further with that.)

The “wow, that was easy” scenario would involve someone going on the long term injured reserve. At this point that would potentially be losing John Tavares for 10 games (or 28 days) or possibly Pierre Engvall or Timothy Liljegren going on the LTIR. Not having those players available is certainly not something that anyone should hope for and it seems like there is a greater appeal in the difficult options.

Pretty much every road leads to Justin Holl being traded, but it’s hard to ignore that greater cap relief comes from either a Kerfoot or Engvall trade. Moving on from Kerfoot solves every problem except for replacing Kerfoot, and that’s a similar issue with Engvall. Both of these players are solid penalty killers that can play up and down the Leafs lineup. Justin Holl, while a right handed shot, is someone that seems to have fallen out of the bottom part of the roster thanks to Sandin and Liljegren, as well as the return of Mark Giordano. The path to Holl staying seems to be entirely contingent on the health of Jake Muzzin, and that would be how the Leafs could most easily achieve cap compliance using LTIR.

The best case scenario is that Muzzin did just have a short setback to start camp and he is fact ready to go. Having a capable top four defenseman who can play a physical style is the best case scenario for the Leafs. The reality is that physical style could have caught up with Muzzin and until we see him in a preseason game, it’s hard to say whether he is still the best option for the Leafs. And as long as he’s healthy enough to play the Leafs really don’t have a choice of what to do, so fingers are crossed that the results are favourable.

What seems like the most likely solution is the combination of three less-than-appealing ideas.

  1. Trading Justin Holl. No matter whether you are a fan of Holl or not, the idea of reducing defensive depth shouldn’t have any appeal. Giving up the last right handed shot other than Timothy Liljegren should create an issue as well, even if you think the whole lefty/righty thing is overblown. The fact is the Leafs won’t get back a return that warrants moving on from him if they get a return at all. This isn’t ideal.
  2. Asking Zach Aston-Reese to wait a game before being signed. Whatever contract Zach is going to take with the Leafs already seems like it should be regarded as a favour. Pushing him a bit further by keeping him out of the opening night lineup might be asking too much, though the fact of the matter is it’s what is easiest for the Leafs. The other option is signing Zach Aston-Reese and waiving Nic Aube-Kubel and sitting him for opening night before he can be brought in as an emergency replacement.
  3. Speaking of emergency replacements, the Leafs might have to go into the opening night playing a man down. They wouldn’t be the first NHL team to do it, but it’s a tad embarrassing nevertheless. Whether it’s Zach Aston-Reese or Nic Aube-Kubel that would need to sit, the Leafs would need to play at least one game without Tavares and Liljegren before being able to replace them.

So while it’s exciting that Rasmus Sandin is back, the Leafs are very much in the long expected situation of needing the other shoe to drop in order to become cap compliant. Whether it’s injuries, a trade, or waivers, the Leafs have two weeks to figure it out.

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