Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will begin in an NHL recreation for the primary time in practically two months when the staff visits the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.
“He feels actual good coming off (follow) in the present day so the plan is for him tomorrow in Ottawa,” Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe stated on Tuesday.
Andersen final performed within the NHL on Mar. 19 when he allowed 4 objectives on 18 pictures in a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames.
In the future earlier, Andersen admitted he wasn’t taking part in at 100% well being. Whereas the goaltender rehabbed his ailment, Jack Campbell thrived because the staff’s beginning goaltender by establishing a brand new NHL file 11 wins to start out a season. As Campbell took the web, Andersen emerged in mid-April when he joined the staff for the tail finish of follow classes and abilities days on their four-game street journey via Vancouver and Winnipeg.
This previous week, Andersen joined the Toronto Marlies for a conditioning stint. He performed in 1.5 video games with the AHL membership and allowed six objectives on 52 pictures.
Along with his imminent return to the energetic roster, Andersen will get some NHL reps in earlier than he turns into an choice for the staff within the playoffs, that are slated to start out someday subsequent week.
“I am not going to learn an excessive amount of into anyone explicit recreation identical to how I am not going to learn an excessive amount of into his AHL conditioning stint,” Keefe stated of Andersen. “That is all about him feeling comfy and feeling good.”
As Andersen rehabbed his harm, the staff took benefit of the goaltender’s $5 million cap hit and positioned the goaltender on long-term injured reserve. That allowed for some flexibility to the lineup and helped the staff purchase extra gamers close to the deadline. These gamers included forwards Nick Foligno, defenseman Ben Hutton and goaltender David Rittich.
On Apr. 9, the Leafs acquired ahead Riley Nash from the Blue Jackets for a conditional draft choose. Nash was not on long-term injured reserve on the time and the staff put Andersen on LTIR to make room for Nash’s acquisition. That needed to be executed earlier than Nash, who was simply on injured reserve on the time, could possibly be placed on LTIR.
At follow, the Leafs iced what regarded like a possible playoff lineup. That included injured forwards Zach Hyman (knee) and Riley Nash (knee), prompting some thought that each gamers could possibly be able to return.
That included ahead Alex Galchenyuk serving as further at follow for the primary time since changing into a daily staple on the staff’s top-six ahead group.
The Leafs, below their present roster development as of Tuesday morning, do not need the wage cap house to have Andersen, Hyman and Nash on the energetic roster earlier than the playoffs.
Keefe later confirmed that Hyman and Nash will not be but accessible.
In keeping with PuckPedia.com, the Leafs have slightly below $1.9 million in cap house. The roster had Rasmus Sandin on it. If the defenseman is taken out of the lineup, that will increase the quantity to roughly $2.786 million. To get Andersen activated, the Leafs would nonetheless want $2.214 million in house.
Hyman is eligible for LTIR and inserting the ahead on that record creates $2.25 million, which clears the brink for Andersen’s activation. That is the probably situation to play out previous to Wednesday’s recreation.
Ahead Nick Foligno is a game-time resolution, in response to Keefe. As is Justin Holl. The defenseman took half in follow after he missed a skill-based session on Monday.
It stays a thriller as to which goaltender begins for the Leafs for Recreation 1 of the NHL playoffs. However for now, Andersen goes to get a shot to rise up to recreation velocity.