Canucks claim Boyd off Waivers from Maple Leafs, Galchenyuk's Status Provides Flexibility

The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost their second forward to the Vancouver Canucks. Travis Boyd is departing after the Western Canadian team claimed the forward off waivers.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost another depth forward on the waiver wire. 

The Vancouver Canucks claimed Travis Boyd on Monday. It was the second time in a week that the Western Canadian club claimed a Toronto forward off the waiver wire. 

The Canucks claimed Jimmy Vesey on Mar. 17.

"He's played well here with the opportunities that he was given," Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said of Boyd. "We would have liked to keep him and certainly the depth is nice to have but we do feel like we have lots of other guys."

The 27-year-old Boyd has three goals and five assists in 20 games this season. He became a staple on the fourth line as the team dealt with injuries this season. Boyd was a healthy scratch for Toronto's last two games as the team iced a fully healthy lineup.

Signed by Toronto to a one-year deal at the league-minimum $700,000 back in October, Boyd was ripe for the picking by another club looking for depth and the Canucks added some depth to their bottom-six forwards at little cost.

Boyd and Vesey aren’t the only players Toronto lost to waivers this season.

The New Jersey Devils claimed goaltender Aaron Dell off waivers on Jan. 18. He signed a one-year $800,000 with the Leafs in October. Dell never played for Toronto but did dress as a backup for one game.

Galchenyuk and how his contract helps with deadline cap space.

Toronto is in the market to add a forward before the NHL trade deadline on Apr. 12.

With Boyd off of Toronto’s active roster, the team can increase their deadline cap space before pulling the trigger on a trade.

Toronto has increased flexibility with the addition of forward Alex Galchenyuk. The team can move the forward on and off their active roster as they see fit in order to increase their daily cap accrual.

Acquired in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 15, Galchenyuk made his season debut on Friday against the Calgary Flames, skating on a line with John Tavares and William Nylander.

The Leafs can move Galchenyuk and his $1.05 million cap hit on and off the books since the player cleared waivers before his acquisition via trade on Feb. 15.

According to article 13.2(b) in the NHL's collective bargaining agreement, a player does not need to pass through waivers if he has not been on the NHL active roster for a cumulative 30 days since last clearing waivers, and has not played in 10 or more NHL games. 

Galchenyuk has dressed in two games and as of Monday, has been taken off the NHL's active roster. With each day the player is off the roster, the team saves approximately $18,103 in daily cap space.

According to CapFriendly.com, Toronto's deadline cap space sits at $2,461,676 as of Monday. That number decreases as they add players to the roster.

Andersen day-to-day

On Saturday, the Maple Leafs used an emergency loan exception to call up goaltender Michael Hutchinson, who dressed as a backup to Jack Campbell.

Keefe confirmed Andersen was unavailable in his post-game comments following Campbell's 31-save shutout performance in a 2-0 win against the Calgary Flames.

The Leafs assigned goaltender Ian Scott to the taxi squad on Monday. Andersen and Campbell did not take part in the team's skills-based practice.

Campbell was given a rest day, according to Keefe, but Andersen is not expected to take part in Tuesday's practice as he remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

"It's the same thing that he missed time for," Keefe said of Andersen.

Toronto's starting goaltender missed two weeks before returning to the lineup on Mar. 3. Andersen has posted an .876 save percentage this month and revealed last week that he was not 100 percent healthy.

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