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Leafs send Leivo to AHL as Clarkson suspension ends

Oct 23, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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Less than a week after scoring his first NHL goal, Josh Leivo is headed back to the minors.

On Wednesday, the Leafs announced they’d sent Leivo back to the AHL Marlies, presumably in a move to free up a roster spot for David Clarkson, who returns from his 10-game suspension on Friday.

Leivo, 20, played his way into the Toronto mix after a solid preseason and six quality regular-season contests with the club. He played a career-high 13:45 against Minnesota on Oct. 15, then scored his aforementioned first career goal against Carolina the next game out.

In Tuesday night’s big win — a 4-2 victory over the red-hot Ducks — Leivo assisted on Dion Phaneuf‘s second period goal, but finished with just 6:45 of ice time.

  1. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Dear Toronto Fans,

    Clarkson will prove his worth.

    As a Devil’s fan my entire life (and living inToronto for the past 15+ years), you will see that Clarkson is the type of player that will fit right into the mix. Carlyle expects to put together a team that grinds, and pushes hard each shift…that is exactly what you will get out of Clarkson.

    All the best Dave on Friday.

    You are missed by the Devils.

    • withseidelinn - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      That’s a big part of the reason they brought him in. His play influences a lot of the more finesse guys to get into the dirtier areas. This guy is almost like a less talented Mike Richards (queue the thumbs down), only because he plays every shift like a grinder. Hits, fights, chirps, but still has a solid offensive ability to make him more valuable. I KNOW Mike Richards is a significantly superior player, but there are similarities in their styles. Add Kulemin and Fraser back int he mix as well and this team could start to get very good.

      • klutch804 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Richards and Clarkson look similar because they both Lear ned the same aggressive style from playing in the Kitchener Rangers system. The Ranger graduate a ton of solid NHL players

      • withseidelinn - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Good point, never knew Clarkson played for the Rangers.

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