WWYDW: Fehr Treatment

It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs might make a lineup change today, and while it involves an oft-speculated person coming out, it’s not their counterpart coming in.

Fehr, of course, was the “cap dump” piece of the move that sent Frank Corrado to the Pittsburgh Penguins and got Toronto a fourth-round draft pick for their services. Still signed through next year, Fehr comes with a $2,000,000 cap hit of which a little less than half can be buried if he’s sent to the minors.

For the past three weeks, the 31-year-old native of Winkler, Manitoba has been waiting for a chance to play, having previously tallied up 11 points in 52 games with the Penguins. Tonight will be his opportunity.

On the other hand, though, you have Josh Leivo, who has been patiently sitting around while the team plays proverbial chicken with his future. Leivo has been everywhere from the ice to the press box to injured reserve all season, but it seemed like he had earned his spot when he went on a 9 point in 8 game tear where even the fancystats matched his production.

Mike Babcock felt differently, though, and brought Nikita Soshnikov back into the lineup for his penalty killing prowess.

I’m curious to hear from you all as to what your preferred scenario is. Do you give Fehr the chance, knowing that he’s been a good sport about things and that whatever hot streak that Leivo was on has likely dissipated? Or do you look back to your younger winger, who appeared to earn a spot against expectation and had his run cut off before it could dissipate?

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  • Gary Empey

    Leivo is a top nine injury replacement. He is not suited to play a defensive role on the fourth line. I am not sure why so many people think it would be a good move to turn our 4th line into an offensive juggernaut. Good defence is half the game.

    • Drapes55

      Because Corsi and Fenwick and fancy stats and shot suppression win games! C’mon guys have you learned nothing from the pencil pushing, parent’s basement dwelling writers of this blog? As long as your Corsi for/ 60 mins of Fenwick is 65.32% or higher the other team might as well not even show up cause you’ve basically got the game already won.

  • Harte of a Lion

    Fehr was a beast tonight and played well with Martmin and Boyle. Those three top the scales at 685 lbs. All three can skate, hit and play defence. Since Babcock is the coach who has the 2015/16 last place team fighting for a playoff berth, I’ll defer to him on roster selections.