Maple Leafs loan forward Nic Petan to AHL’s Marlies

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  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have loaned forward Nic Petan to their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, the team announced Friday morning.
  • Petan, 24, has appeared in four games this season with the Maple Leafs, registering one assist.
  • Nic Petan, who the Leafs are open to trading to a team that has a playing roster spot he could fill, cleared waivers on October 1, was sent to the AHL, and was recalled to the Leafs on October 3 (per Cap Friendly).
  • That means his 29 days of waiver exemption is about to expire.
  • That is likely the biggest motivation behind the move.
  • The Marlies are on the road this weekend, but tonight’s game is in Belleville, and that barely counts as a trip.
  • Tomorrow’s game is in Laval, and then they have to go to Rockford, Illinois for Wednesday’s game against the IceHogs.
  • If Petan draws into the lineup, and Sheldon Keefe would surely want a winger of his calibre, he can audition for whatever teams are interested in adding him to the roster, and he wouldn’t have to clear waivers to be sent to a new team’s AHL franchise.
  • That might not be ideal from Petan’s point of view, but it will make him easier to move.
  • Waiver claim order changes today to the reverse of this year’s standings, so the teams now with the best claims are the worst teams right now.
  • Which means the top three change from Ottawa, LA, New Jersey to Ottawa, New Jersey and LA. Okay, maybe that doesn’t matter much.
  • With this move, the Leafs still have to cut enough players to make cap space for Zach Hyman when he’s ready to come back.
Sources & Credits: Toronto Maple Leafs, KatyaKnappe, Pension Plan Puppet
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