Leafs, Marlies, Solar Bears make long list of transactions

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The Leafs organization has made a series of roster moves today, switching up the present league of as many as eight roster players. The moves are as follows.

  • Taylor Doherty has been released from his PTO with the Toronto Marlies. The 6’8 right-handed defenceman played twelve games with the team last year, but was yet to draw into the lineup for the team this season. Doherty signed a contract with the Orlando Solar Bears in July, so he’ll likely report there now.
  • Players definitely reporting to the Solar Bears is Mason Marchment. The 21-year-old left winger impressed in training camp but had no regular season games to show for it leading up to this point, after playing three last year. He’s been sent down to the ECHL to get some ice time.
  • In return, Toronto has called up left winger Chase Witala, defenceman Ty Stanton, and right winger TJ Foster from Orlando. None have had particularly electric starts; Witala has an assist in three games, Foster has five points in 12, and Stanton has a lone assist in then.
  • Relevant to Leafs fans’ interest, Josh Leivo’s conditioning stint has officially ended and, as a result, he heads back to the Leafs. On paper, this means the Leafs are at 24 healthy roster players; one more than the limit. Unless…

Sure enough, Soshnikov is nowhere to be found on the official roster, though no paper transaction has been made yet. It’s something that has a few people disappointed if the Marlies are his intended destination, given his recent performances that have injected some puck control into the fourth line.

It’s worth nothing that Soshnikov is waiver exempt, which makes sending him down easier, and his name is probably the one that would create the least amount of controversy to have come up if it’s a quiet paper transaction while they buy themselves some time to make a further roster move.  With neither team playing again until Tuesday once the Marlies finish their afternoon game against the IceCaps, the Leafs can spend tomorrow making a further decision, be it a trade, a waiving of a non-exempt player, or actually sending Soshnikov down. We’ll know for sure soon enough.

  • Brent Wisken

    Babcock likely has no intention of playing Leivo, so not sure why Soshnikov was sent down (perhaps its just a paper transaction at the moment, we will see). Babcock is pretty stubborn with who he plays (e.g., Hunwick), and i don’t get any sense that he intends on putting Leivo in the line-up. And for commenters, please don’t say “asset management”. It doesn’t say much, especially since there are many different ways to manage assets. Furthermore, it doesn’t look like Leivo gets treated as an asset by Babcock, just like Corrado doesn’t get treated as an asset by the coach. Moreover, if Babcock isn’t going to play Corrado, apart from the public relations/media management token gesture that he did a few games ago, then why keep the young player in the press box? Definitely not developing his game, thereby hurting the young man’s career. True, he’s currently getting paid, but he has his contract to think about next year and his full long term career. The Leafs aren’t required to have him in their top six D-men, that’s fine. But then trade him or expose him on waivers, rather than dicking around with his life. Just because the Leafs can keep sitting Corrado in the press box for no useful purpose, doesn’t mean they should. And yes, morality isn’t exempt from hockey, nor should it be.

    • Awesomodian

      Every team needs a 7th or 8th deference, that is Corrado. I am sure he can suck it up and when the inevitable injury happens, he’ll get a chance again. Now enough worrying about depth defencemen, I am off to watch some Marner highlights

      • Brent Wisken

        You failed to grasp the main issue. Moreover, if the Leafs had no intention of using him, they shouldn’t have claimed him from the Vancouver organization where he could have developed with the farm team or had the chance to play for the Canucks. Now he just sits there. No chance on the Leafs, no chance with the Marlies, nor the opportunity to be traded. As for injuries, I doubt he even gets much of a chance in such a situation.

        • Stan Smith

          While it sucks for Corrado, the Leafs obviously feel he is an asset, or they would put him on waivers. I’m not sure what your “morality” comment was all about either.

          • Brent Wisken

            Well, it’s quite simple. Claiming him off waivers from Vancouver, and then not letting him play anywhere – not on the Leafs, nor the Marlies, nor trading him. As a young player he needs to develop and prove himself, but he can’t because the Leafs won’t let him play anywhere. He just sits there for no useful purpose, for an extended, long period of time. The are damaging his career. If they don’t want to use him, well then eventually expose him on waivers or trade him. This is his life we are talking about. I also think there is a disconnect between management/scouting staff and Babcock – the former refusing to put him on waivers, and the latter refusing to play him, with Corrado caught in between. Based on the constant lack of usage, it looks like Babcock doesn’t see him much as an asset. A very devalued asset. I am sorry you can’t see the morality issue of the situation. It truly is a shame.

          • Stan Smith

            I don’t know if what is happening between the Leafs and Corrado has anything to do with Morality. In Corrado’s case you have a fringe player, drafted 150th, in the 5th round, who, unfortunately, is stuck in kind of a limbo. While he is not playing, the Leafs might actually be doing him a favour by not putting him on waivers. Despite not being waiver exempt he is on a two way contract, making $632,000 in the NHL but only $67,000 of he goes to the Marlies. One thing I do find interesting is that he, or his agent, are not saying a word. You would think if he was truly unhappy with his situation his agent would be kicking up a shitstorm. The Leafs can muzzle within their own organization but don’t control the agents.

          • Brent Wisken

            There is no favour situation. Corrado has a one-way contract. He gets paid the same regardless, whether on the Leafs or Marlies. He also has to think about his next contract, next year, and it’s hard to earn one when the Leafs won’t let him play anywhere. He has only played once, and it appears Babcock has no inclination to play him further. The one time he played, he came in cold whereas the other players had played about 14 games. Corrado also came in on the second night of back to back games playing the Penguins of all teams. The whole team looked tired. The odds were against Corrado. Frankly, he didn’t look any worse than the other Leafs players. Actually, he had a very good training camp.

          • Stan Smith

            My bad on the contract. I looked at Capfriendly and they had last year’s contract listed as his last one. I stand corrected. All I can say is Babcock and the coaching staff see him practicing every day and you would think they would have a handle on who the best six guys are to put out game after game. As for whether or not he would get the call if there is an injury we will have to wait and see.

          • Brent Wisken

            No worries. I don’t mind if the Leafs don’t see him as a 6th or 7th d-man, that’s their choice (although I prefer him to Hunwick and Marincin). But I do wish they would alternatively give him a chance elsewhere to develop his career and prove himself, whether on the Marlies or another team. It’s gone on for too long. I don’t believe that Babcock intends to use him; it sure doesn’t look that way, the long term pattern is the same.

          • LukeDaDrifter

            The biggest problem I see is after our top three defencemen the next five are fairly close. All of them having some good points and some bad points. This may be the reason there is so much difference of opinion on who which three should play, on this site. Like you I thought Corrado worked hard over the summer and the few times I seen him he looks better and stronger this year than last. Certainly having a player this long on the taxi squad is unusual. I Suspect Corrado would rather be where he is with the Leafs than elsewhere. One would think his development would be better served in the AHL than on the taxi squad. Serious injuries can pile up quickly in the NHL. For now it looks like that is his role, along with getting some back to back game time. The morality of it I am not sure of. If the player is extremely unhappy with the situation then something should be done to change it. If the player is content to wait for his chance then the status quo is also alright.

          • Ron K

            Whether you or I or Corrado likes it or not, his playing status is irrelevant. He IS an employee and like it or not, he is paid to do what his employer wants him to do. If he doesn’t like it, he has a choice to make. Quit, or request that he be employed elsewhere. He’s being paid a handsome salary as it stands, for doing very little with no expectations being placed upon him. I’d gladly trade places with him as would most of us fans.
            It’s an unfortunate reality of professional sports but I certainly don’t feel sorry for him and I doubt very much he could quit and find employment elsewhere that would pay him a similar king’s ransom. We should all be so fortunate…..

          • LukeDaDrifter

            You are right of course. It is only relevant to Corrado. Like everyone else in this world, it is up to him to decide what is best for his future. I actually have more sympathy for Cowen. Through no fault of his own, his playing career is over. a t 24/25. In both cases the money is better compensation than most of us will ever see. It sure beats all of the jobs I ever had.

          • Brent Wisken

            Also, the argument that the agents could raise a “shitstorm” doesn’t make much sense given it didn’t work with other players such as Trouba and Drouin. The agents get ignored, and sometimes it even backfires.

        • Awesomodian

          I grasped the issue just fine. I just don’t feel sorry for him, don’t think it has anything to do with morality and don’t care if he gets to play or not.