The Toronto Maple Leafs are patiently awaiting the return of captain John Tavares and forward Zach Hyman. And they are getting closer to seeing them both back in the lineup in Toronto.
While Hyman remains on schedule after suffering an ACL injury last season, it seems like Tavares will make his return first.
However, Bob McKenzie explained on Tuesday night’s edition of Insider Trading on TSN that the Leafs will need to make moves to insert both players back in the lineup, seeing that they will exceed the cap ceiling.
“Well, the Zach Hyman ACL, six months ago in the last day or two, so he’s on schedule, but he’s probably not going to be back maybe for another couple weeks. John Tavares is the guy that is first up. He could be back as early as the weekend, possibly against Philadelphia on Saturday, if not then, then there are two games next week against the L.A. Kings on Tuesday or the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday. As for Hyman, as I said, probably closer to a week or two and that’s the one that will trigger the salary cap implications. When Hyman comes back into the lineup, three players will have to be sent to the minors.”
We bet Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas will keep a close eye in the coming games on who will be cut from the main roster to make room for Tavares and Hyman.
It will once again be a tight financial puzzle to figure out in Toronto…