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Nikita Soshnikov recalled to NHL, placed on IR, we’re still pretty confused

Sent down on a long-term conditioning stint, Nikita Soshnikov has played the last five games for the Toronto Marlies, registering five points. No longer waiver-exempt, he was “forced” to be recalled to the Maple Leafs after his time in the AHL.

The stint came to an end yesterday, leading to speculation he’d be… well, somewhere other than the Marlies. It wasn’t clear if he’d make the lineup straight away, or whether they’d be forced to send someone down

Bob McKenzie pretty much summed up the situation here earlier this morning:

But then this happened today:

The “injured reserve” line confused most people, seeing as Soshnikov definitely appeared to play in five pro hockey games and be one of the better, if not the best player on the ice.

But despite the confusion, it appears that the Leafs brass doesn’t feel comfortable playing “Sosh” just yet.

From our friends at CapFriendly, here’s a little primer on why that’s allowed:

He’s featured in just three games for the main NHL club this season, picking up a grand total of zero points. Last year, he played in 56 games, mostly on the fourth line, while putting up 9 points in 56 games.

Also, the moves made this Canucks radio host angry. So there’s that.

Fun times coming forward in Toronto!

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