Well, that wasn’t really what we were expecting on a Friday afternoon, but here you go.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 17, 2017
Leivo, the butt of many “press box” and “Mike Babcock hates him” jokes (and/or reality?), is sticking around for another season.
This year, Josh Leivo has played 5 games and has just a lone assist. Last year, Josh Leivo played 13 games and had 2 goals and 8 assists. The year before that, Leivo had 12 games, five goals, and no assists.
In total, Leivo has played 46 games, mostly on the team’s fourth line, where he’s amassed 19 points over 46 games. Most fans would agree he’s a versatile, cheap option… but past that, well, Leafs Nation likes to debate a lot about this guy.
A few thoughts
- Maybe this is a security move for both the team and the player. Leivo gets another guaranteed year on his deal, and the Leafs get another NHL-ready body for cheap.
- The move cost the Leafs next to nothing (in terms of NHL salaries), which is good.
- Does Josh Leivo just love being in the Toronto organization that much? Why not head to greener pastures and look for an organization who would give him regular minutes? Does such an organization exist?
- Does this mean anything for JVR, Komarov, and Tyler Bozak? Maybe, but it’s hard to really say that 925k in cap space would be the difference between the deciding the future of those three players.