Breaking: NHL punishes Stamkos for dangerous trip on Leafs’ Rielly

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The Toronto Maple Leafs blew a three-goal lead in Tampa Bay last night, but today's announcement might feel like a little bit of a victory... On Wednesday, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos was fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for a dangerous trip on Toronto’s Morgan Rielly.

In the second period of the 4-3 win for the Lightning, Stamkos was sent to the penalty box fro elbowing Reilly. James van Riemsdyk had managed to score on a power-play, served by Nikita Kucherov at the end of the first period and at the start of the second, as he was penalized for holding Reilly again, but on the one Stamkos served, the Leafs weren't able to capitalize. 

The Maple Leafs’ power-play ranks fourth overall. Their penalty kill is eighth.

As previously mentioned, the Leafs jumped to a 3-0 lead they should have never relinquished. But Tampa’s offensive power exposed the Leafs’ weaknesses late and the Bolts left with the two points. 

Leafs make two AHL signings

The Toronto Marlies, American Hockey League affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, have announced that they’ve signed forward PierreEngvall to a professional tryout contract (PTO) and forward Brady Ferguson to an amateur tryout contract (ATO).

The 21 year old Engvall recently concluded his 2017-18 season with HV71 Jonkoping of the Swedish Elite League where he put up seven goals and 20 points in 31 games. Marlies fans may remember the Swedish winger from his brief, VERY brief, stint with the Marlies in last year’s Calder Cup Playoffs where he suited up for just a single game.

The former 7th round pick (188th overall) of the Leafs in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft will be given an opportunity to contribute on a stacked Marlies team down the stretch and into the playoffs and could use the opportunity to audition for a full-time role with the squad for next season.

As for Ferguson, the 23 year old recently concluded his college career with Robert Morris University of the NCAA’s AHA conference, scoring 18 goals and 49 points in 41 games this season. Last season the native of Lewisville, Texas put up a remarkable 24 goals and 58 points in just 38 games. 

It remains to be seen how he factors into the Marlies’ long-term plans, but it’s likely that he’ll be given a shot on the wing down the stretch.