The AHL announced that the remainder of the 2019-20 season and playoffs have been cancelled and we look at what the implications are for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
As we continue to wait and see if and when the Toronto Maple Leafs will be able to resume their season, the Toronto Marlies were dealt a major blow on Monday.
The American Hockey League made the tough decision to pull the plug on the remainder of the 2019-20 season including the playoffs, which seemed to be an expected development. As the league stated, not having fans in the stands is something they can’t overcome considering it makes up for a large part of the revenue.
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So while the big professional sports leagues including the NHL can conceivably play without fans in attendance, this isn’t the reality for others. Unfortunately, this not only means that the season is lost for the countless veterans but for prospects looking to take the next step in their development.
The Marlies already announced that fans can get their tickets refunded or get a credit for next season, which is what should be expected. Of course, there will be some roster manoeuvering once the NHL gives the green light for when teams can get back to their facilities.
It is expected that select Marlies players will join the Leafs as the NHL will expand rosters in part to deal with the potential of injuries which is a possibility given the long layoff. Essentially, teams will be going through another training camp in preparation for a crucial stretch where the intensity will be at an all-time high.
Even though these Marlies players will likely get to work with the Leafs development staff, it’s tough to replace the games lost. This is especially true for players like Rasmus Sandin, Timothy Liljegren, Joseph Woll, Egor Korshkov, Adam Brooks, Jeremy Bracco and many others.
Most of these players will likely join the Leafs camp even if they don’t get into game action which is not ideal. However, it’s better than having them stay at home where they might not have the access to the equipment and facilities the Leafs can provide.
It will be interesting to see how the Leafs navigate what will be a tough situation, but at least having extra bodies available will ease some concern about injuries and practice time.
What do you think about a potential return to play? Which Marlies players should the Leafs call up? Let us know in the comments below.