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Petan and Marinicin clear waivers: Leafs need to place someone else on the wire!

​Who will be next?

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On Thursday the Toronto Maple Leafs waived forward Nic Petan and defenseman Martin Marinicin. However, that’s where they remained until Friday noon’s deadline and will be re-assigned to the Marlies in the American Hockey League. 

This means the Maple Leafs will have to place someone else on waivers to make room on their roster. With injured forward Zach Hyman expected to join the team’s lineup this weekend, something has to give. 

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reports that general managers around the league have even inquired with GM Kyle Dubas about making a deal. In particular, Friedman reports in his latest 31 Thoughts column for Sportsnet that teams are checking to see if Dubas will move a “big salary” player.

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With Travis Dermott back and Zach Hyman nearing his own return, teams checking to see if Toronto wishes to move a big salary are being told the Maple Leafs are determined to give their strongest roster a chance. They want to see that group in action before making any rash decisions. That means, as expected, a team of 20 or 21; so two or three will be traded or waived.

It’s worth noting that Hyman’s $2.25 million salary will put the Leafs about $2 million over the salary cap once he returns, so sending Jason Spezza or Dymtro Timashov with their low salaries won’t help the Leafs out.

Cody Ceci and his $4.5 million cap hit must be sweating it out right about now…

As for the rest of the waiver news, Edmonton Oilers have placed forward Tomas Jurco, who was placed on waivers yesterday, also cleared.