It’s not the shakeup many expected, but it’s still a change — following last night’s 9-2 loss to Nashville, Toronto put Matt Frattin on waivers.
The move is likely to facilitate the return of David Booth, who’s yet to play this year because of a broken foot. The veteran winger could be back when the Leafs host the Bolts on Thursday.
As for Frattin, the 26-year-old speedster didn’t have much success in his second stint with the Leafs. Traded from Toronto to L.A. as part of the Jonathan Bernier deal in June of ’13, Frattin split last season between the Kings and Jackets before being re-acquired by Toronto in July (for Jerry D’Amigo).
Frattin’s only appeared in six games this year, and hasn’t played since a 5-4 win over the Rangers on Nov. 8.
The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled forward Josh Leivo from the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies the club announced Friday.
The Leafs are without forwards Joffrey Lupul (hand), Brandon Kozun (ankle) and David Booth (foot), who are on injured reserve.
Carter Ashton was suspended 20 games for violating the league’s substance abuse program on Thursday and Daniel Winnik’s health is in question, following the hit he received in Colorado last night.
Leivo, 21, has appeared in eight games with the Marlies this season scoring a goal and adding three assists. He started the with the Leafs, but due to a foot injury, did not play.
With the addition of Leivo, Toronto now has 22 players on its’ active roster.
The Leafs entertain the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Having played just one game this year and seemingly unable to crack the lineup, Stephen Weiss has been sent to Detroit’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids for a conditioning assignment.
Weiss, 31, has been a major disappointment since inking a lucrative five-year, $24.5 million deal with the Wings last July. He appeared in just 26 games last year due to a lingering sports hernia injury and, despite going into this season healthy, has been unable to get onto Mike Babcock’s lineup card.
So it’s off to Grand Rapids.
This move is similar to what Vancouver did with veteran winger David Booth last season. After suffering through a myriad of injuries, the 29-year-old Booth agreed to a conditioning stint in AHL Utica last November in the hopes of getting his game back on track.
To a certain degree, the move worked — Booth played three games with the Comets and proceeded to chip in offensively for the Canucks, finishing the year with nine goals and 19 points (most of which came after his time in Utica).
Weiss should get a good chance at some much-needed playing time with the Griffins. They play tomorrow night at home against Rockford, and Friday at home against Chicago.