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Breaking: Leafs demote young blue liner to AHL

Hmmm… not sure anyone saw this coming.

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Less than 24 hours after being called up from the Toronto Marlies on an emergency recall, the Toronto Maple Leafs have demoted defenceman Calle Rosen back to the AHL.

Officially Rosen will be “on loan” to the Marlies while the Leafs sort out whether or not the ill Nikita Zaitsev (flu) will be able to play tonight against the Dallas Stars. There’s also concern for Leafs rookie Travis Dermott, who missed the team’s practice yesterday.

No official word yet from the Leafs on who plays and who sits tonight at Air Canada Centre.

From the Leafs’ official press release:

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has loaned defenceman Calle Rosen to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Rosen, 24, has recorded 17 points (1 goal, 16 assists) in 50 games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) and has skated in four games with the Maple Leafs this season. The Växjö, Sweden native signed with Toronto as a free agent on May 16, 2017. Rosen registered 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) in 96 career SHL games.

The Maple Leafs return to action tonight at 7 p.m. when they host the Dallas Stars at Air Canada Centre.

Breaking: Leafs sign 4th round pick to AHL deal

The Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, have announced that they’ve signed defenseman Jesper Lindgren to an amateur try-out (ATO) contract.

 

This move, likely necessitated due to the Leafs’ emergency call up of Marlies regular Calle Rosen, will help solidify the Marlies’ defence corps as they gear up for a lengthy Calder Cup Playoffs run.

The 20 year old Lindgren recently completed his season with HPK Hameenlinna in the Finnish Elite League (SM-liiga) where he put up two goals and eight points in 43 games. The 6’0”, 160 pound blue liner was chosen in the 4th round (95th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Breaking: Former Leafs goalie signs NHL contract

Former Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Antoine Bibeau has signed a two-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks with an average annual cap hit of $650,000.

The 23 year old native of Victoriaville, Quebec is having a stellar season in the AHL with the Sharks’ affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda. In 33 games, Bibeau has 18 wins to go along with a respectable 2.09 goals against average and .928 save percentage. 

Leafs fans may remember Bibeau from his brief audition last season where he put up a 1.99 goals against average and .927 save percentage in just two NHL games last season. After he was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Leafs this past summer, Bibeau hit the open market as an unrestricted free-agent and was quickly snapped up by the Sharks. Now, with another successful AHL season under his belt, it looks like Bibeau might be ready for NHL action. Did the Leafs blow it by letting this kid get away?

Gameday: Johnsson in or out vs Dallas?

In case you missed it, yesterday afternoon the Toronto Maple Leafs officially recalled forward Andreas Johnsson from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.

Leafs fans have been calling for a Johnsson call up for awhile and there are some analysts who believe the 23 year old Swedish winger could be a potential replacement for pending unrestricted free-agent James van Riemsdyk, if JVR elects to leave the team this upcoming offseason. Overhyped? Maybe, but the smooth skating Johnsson does have an impressive AHL pedigree. In 54 games for the Marlies this season, Johnsson has an outstanding 26 goals and 54 points, good enough for the team lead.

“Over the last 2 years Andreas Johnsson is now tied for the AHL lead in goals and assists, and holds the lead in points among all U24 players.”

He’s an intriguing prospect in the Leafs’ pipeline and represents a MAJOR draft score for former Leafs general manager Dave Nonis. Johnsson was selected in the seventh round (202nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, chosen behind players like Frederik Gauthier, Carter Vergaeghe, Fabrice Herzog and Antoine Bibeau.

Sounds great, but will the big Swede be in the lineup tonight when the Leafs take on the Dallas Stars? You bet.

In fact, the rookie may get an even longer audition if things go well against the Stars tonight: