The AHL has announced a revised schedule for the Toronto Marlies ahead of their final stretch.
VS BEL – from Apr. 28 to May 1, 3pm
VS LAV – from May 13 to May 12, 3pm
@ LAV – from Apr. 15 to May 14, 7pm
@ LAV on May 15 – from 1pm to 3pm
@ LAV – from Apr. 18 to May 17, 7pm
@ BEL – from Apr. 21 to May 19, 7pm
@ BEL – from Apr. 23 to May 20, 4pm https://t.co/EDWxgtiwpZ
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) April 26, 2021
Toronto hasn’t seen any game action since April 10th, where they lost 4-3 to the Laval Rocket. Their last media availability was held on April 13th before everything was shutdown due to COVID-19. The Marlies will return to play on May 1st against the Belleville Senators and will finish their season off on May 20th versus Belleville again.
In that span, Toronto will play 13 games in 20 days. They will play Belleville (4 games), Laval (6 games) and Manitoba (3 games) before their season comes to an end.
The AHL’s Canadian Division will also not have playoffs:
The Toronto Marlies regular season has been extended through May 20 with the rescheduled games from their recent break because of COVID-19 cases. There won't be playoffs held in @TheAHL Canadian Division this year.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 26, 2021
Throughout this season, there were a lot of question marks on whether or not there’d be a playoffs for the Marlies. Obviously with conflicts surrounding the Canadian and US border, it seemed like it wouldn’t be possible. There were a few players that have said that there’d be no playoffs this season, but I didn’t want to report it just in case there was a change at some point.
It’s not known yet when the Marlies will start practicing again.
Leafs players come together to help the Marlies
On Saturday Night Headlines with Chris Johnston and Elliotte Friedman, it was reported that a few Leafs put some money together to help Marlies players since it’s been a tight-money year for them. It was later said that Jason Spezza was the player who led the initiative.
John Tavares says it was Jason Spezza's idea to pool some Leafs' money for the Marlies players this season.
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) April 25, 2021
Players within the AHL have struggled this season to say the least. Their minimum salary is $51,000 US, which then gets cut by 52 per cent, plus taxes. Other AHL players, who are on two-way contracts will only earn 48 per cent of their salary from this season.
After the Leafs win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, John Tavares confirmed what was reported earlier that night (quote from Sportsnet story by Luke Fox):
“I have to give Spezz a lot of credit on this one. He kind of brought it to the forefront from the leadership standpoint, and the leadership group thought it was really important. I think we know — society as a whole, but certainly in our game — how tough a year it is for so many. So, within the organization, we wanted to make sure we try to take care of our own.”
It’s not known how much money will be pooled in order to help Marlies players, but it makes you think of how good this year’s Leafs team really is. Kyle Dubas has said on multiple occasions that Toronto wants to bring in players who are great people, and as you can see, they’ve done just that.