A pair of once promising prospects are now sitting on the wire.
Louis Leblanc — the 18th overall pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft — and Stefan Elliott, Colorado’s second-round choice (49th overall) at that same draft, have been placed on waivers by the Ducks and Avs respectively, per TVA.
Leblanc, 23, arrived in Anaheim this summer after a disappointing stint in Montreal in which he scored just five goals in 50 appearances over the course of three seasons. He famously — or, more accurately, his girlfriend famously — complained about getting cut from the Habs prior to the start of last season; the former Harvard product then welcomed a “fresh start’ after the Ducks acquired him via trade in June.
Elliott, also 23, could be done in Colorado after spending his entire professional career with the organization. Like Leblanc, he appeared in just a handful of games — 58, to be exact — with most of those coming in his rookie campaign. Since then, Elliott’s spent the majority of time with AHL Lake Erie and has been bypassed by a number of defensemen on the depth chart, including fellow ’09 draftee Tyson Barrie.
As for others that hit the waiver wire on Monday:
— St. Louis waived three-time Stanley Cup winner Colin Fraser, just weeks after signing the veteran to a deal. Fraser, 29, signed a two-way contract with the Blues, so this move wasn’t entirely unexpected.
— Dallas waived goalie Jussi Rynnas, meaning the backup gig to Kari Lehtonen will now likely go to Anders Lindback.
— Toronto waived veteran forward Troy Bodie, who had 10 points in 47 games for the Leafs last year.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms with 29-year-old forward Troy Bodie. The deal is a one-year, two-way contract, according to Cap Geek.
Bodie participated in 103 games with the Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes over the course of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 campaigns, but he played strictly in the AHL for the following two seasons.
He joined the Maple Leafs’ organization for the 2013-14 campaign and that proved to be a good fit. Bodie spent most of the season in the NHL, scoring three goals and 10 points in 47 games. He also was second on the Maple Leafs with a plus-six rating.
Bodie dropped his gloves four times last season, but with the exception of fights he was typically disciplined and consequently charged with just three minor penalties.
He will enter the Maple Leafs’ training camp with the goal of reclaiming his roster spot as a fourth liner.
Just prior to their biggest game of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Joffrey Lupul would miss tonight’s game against the Bruins with a lower-body injury.
Lupul, third on the team in goals with 22, left the morning skate early amid whispers he was on the limp. Whatever’s ailing Lupul didn’t hold him back much in Tuesday’s win over Calgary, however, as he received over 18 minutes of ice time (though he did have a quiet game, failing to register a point or shot on goal.)
It looks as though Jerry D’Amigo will draw in to replace Lupul up front, giving the Leafs a look of:
James van Riemsdyk — Tyler Bozak — Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond — Dave Bolland — David Clarkson
D’Amigo — Nazem Kadri — Troy Bodie
Nikolai Kulemin — Jay McClement — Colton Orr
As Toronto looks to build off of its 3-2 overtime victory against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, they might need to go on without David Clarkson.
The 29-year-old forward pulled a muscle and left Saturday’s practice as a result. He might miss tonight’s game versus Philadelphia, according to NHL.com.
If Clarkson is unavailable, Troy Bodie will probably fill in for him on the third line. Toronto has also called up forward Frazer McLaren as an insurance policy, per the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno.
The Maple Leafs hold the third seed in the Atlantic Division, but they have just a five-point cushion in the battle for a playoff spot.
Clarkson is in his first season of a seven-year deal worth $36.75 million and has left something to be desired. Between injuries and suspensions, he’s been limited to 43 games and has just four goals and six assists.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are that much closer to getting Dave Bolland back in the lineup.
Bolland, who’s been out since Nov. 2 with a severed ankle tendon, took part in Maple Leafs practice on Thursday, as the Toronto Star shares. While Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk are still away at the Olympics, Bolland skated on what would be the Leafs’ third line with Mason Raymond and Troy Bodie.
Seeing Bolland on the ice with the team isn’t exactly new, but taking part in a full practice is. He’s been skating with the team since January, and even toyed with the possibility of returning before the break, but his ankle wasn’t game-ready.
The possibility of seeing Bolland in the lineup when the Leafs return to action on Feb. 27 on Long Island is very real.