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As they prepare for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Leafs make a host of roster changes.

Published May 11, 2021 at 11:04
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are making significant roster adjustments as they gear up for the Stanley Cup Playoffs starting this weekend.

In a surprising turn of events, it appears that goalkeeper Frederik Andersen might be ready to return to play.

The Leafs have reassigned veteran goalie Michael Hutchinson, defenseman Timothy Liljegren, and forward Stefan Noesen to the AHL's Toronto Marlies. Additionally, defenseman Mac Hollowell has been named to the team's taxi squad.

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With Hutchinson now with the Marlies, the Leafs are anticipated to activate Andersen from injured reserve this week. This raises an intriguing question: Who will start Game 1 of the playoffs in goal, Jack Campbell or Frederik Andersen?

Michael Hutchinson's move to the Marlies signals a pivotal change. By positioning Hutchinson in the AHL, the Leafs can focus on their main roster goalies.
Jack Campbell and David Rittich
remain as solid options, but Andersen's potential return adds another layer of complexity.

Frederik Andersen has been a cornerstone for the Leafs, and his return could be a game-changer. However, Jack Campbell's recent performance has been nothing short of stellar, leading many to wonder if he might be the better choice for the playoffs.

Timothy Liljegren and Stefan Noesen joining the Marlies adds depth to the AHL team while allowing the Leafs to refine their playoff lineup. Mac Hollowell's inclusion in the taxi squad ensures that the team has additional defensive options if needed.

Andersen's injury has been a significant concern, but his possible return just in time for the playoffs could boost the Leafs' morale. The decision of who will start in goal is crucial, as the first game sets the tone for the entire series.

As fans eagerly await the start of the playoffs, the Leafs' goaltending choice remains the hottest topic. Will it be
Campbell
, with his recent hot streak, or will the experienced Andersen make his comeback?

Stay tuned for more updates as the Leafs finalize their roster and make the critical decision on their starting goalie. The Stanley Cup Playoffs promise to be an exciting and intense battle, with the Leafs poised to make a deep run.
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