Breaking: Leafs announce strange demotion to the AHL

This makes almost no sense at all.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced this morning that they have sent forward Kasperi Kapanen to the Toronto Marlies effective immediately.

They simultaneously broke the news that Kapanen, who was originally slated to participate in the AHL All-Star weekend (January 28th-29th), will be replaced in the festivities by teammate Andreas Johnsson.

The official press release from the AHL stated that the switch happened because Kapanen wasn't available. This was announced minutes before the Kapanen move to the AHL. 

So... he's back to the Marlies, and will play tonight against the Syracuse Crunch, but he will not play in the All-Star weekend, despite now being available.


Kapanen will benefit from being able to keep his legs going and play tonight, but it's strange that he isn't participating in the event. He'll almost certainly be called back to the NHL, but the Leafs don't play until the 31st, so it's not like he'd be missing a NHL game for this.

Johnsson, a 7th round pick in 2013 by the Leafs, has been excellent in the AHL thus far. He put up 47 points in his rookie season, and has 29 points in 38 games this year. He has a legitimate chance of cracking the Leafs' roster as soon as next season. Not bad for a 202nd overall pick.

Hopefully many of these to come against our good old friends in Quebec.