The Toronto Maple Leafs have assigned goaltender Eamon McAdam to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
The @MapleLeafs announced today that the club has loaned goaltender Eamon McAdam to the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).
You may recall that McAdam was recalled by the team from the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers when NHL starter Frederik Andersen was deemed unable to back up Garret Sparks for the team’s 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Sparks secured the victory while McAdam watched from the bench and Andersen, presumably, watched from the press box.
During Monday’s post game media comments Leafs head coach Mike Babcock addressed Andersen’s injury and confirmed that it’s nothing serious. Babcock said that Andersen will be good to go on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins this Thursday.
Frederik Andersen will start Thursday versus Pittsburgh, Babcock says.
However, Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston quickly reported that Andersen may NOT be ready to go. His source? None other than Andersen, himself.
Check it out:
Freddie Andersen is much less sure than Mike Babcock was about his ability to start Thursday. He's dealing with swelling in his knee and says some movements are uncomfortable.
Well… now I don’t know what to believe. Of course, the demotion of McAdam likely means that Andersen is ready to go, at least as a back up tomorrow. Of course, there’s always the option of calling up Toronto Marlies starter Kasimir Kaskisuo.
The Leafs are riding a five game winning streak and have stormed out of the gate with just one loss in their first seven games. Superstar forward John Tavares and Auston Matthews have carried the load for the Leafs early this season, but it's safe to say that the team would be absolutely sunk were it not for Andersen. The 29 year old goaltender has given the Leafs stability between the pipes the past two seasons, suffice it to say that they’e be in REAL trouble if he misses any sustained length of time.
Knowing Babcock and how stingy he can be with information, don't expect any information about Andersen and his return until moments before puck drop in Pittsburgh tomorrow.