Don’t open Google Maps for nothing and don’t try to book your next vacation there.
Rather, it’s an expression used in the NHL stemming from the end of the story between Stéphane Robidas and the Toronto Maple Leafs. At the time, in the summer of 2015, the Canadiens’ current defence coach was in the penultimate season of a three-year, $3 million/year contract with the team from the Queen City. Instead of assuming this amount from its payroll, the team decided to place him on the long-term injured list, citing a mysterious knee injury.
No penalties, no money tied up in the bank, nothing. Just good stuff for the Leafs. They’ve got a taste for it, and it looks like history will repeat itself.
The problem is that, behind the scenes in the NHL, the other teams’ executives are gnashing their teeth. According to Renaud Lavoie, the Maple Leafs may have offered Matt Murray a one-way plane ticket to Robidas Island.
Appearing this morning on BPM Sports with Paul Houde and Gilbert Delorme, the TVA Sports journalist raised a number of questions shared with him by sources in the industry. Some teams have even asked the NHL to investigate the Murray file and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ salary cap management.
According to what Lavoie has heard, questions are being raised about Murray’s actual state of health and his eligibility to be placed on the LTIR.
Because his last injury was a concussion. It prevented him from finishing last season with his teammates. However, during the playoffs, Murray returned to the game, if you’ll pardon the expression, by being used as a backup goalie. In other words, in the spring, he was fit to play according to the Leafs, but come October, he won’t be.
Oh, and the medical staff also knows that he’ll be injured again next March. It’s a known fact (Not) that concussions can be predicted months in advance. Too bad tinted visors don’t exist for goalies. #FrancisBouillon
In his radio interview, Lavoie raises an interesting parallel with Carey Price. The latter had returned to the game and had been on duty for a few games at the end of the 2021-2022 season, and has been on the Habs’ LTIR ever since.
As for Price, Lavoie’s comments reinforce the information I shared with you last October, when I revealed that the goaltender had accepted his situation, unlike Shea Weber. If Price is the one who ” called the shot “, as they say, it’s logically because he had come to terms with his professional career.
Getting back to the Torontonians, I have no choice but to think that Brad Treliving’s reign at the head of his new team is off to a very bad start. I can’t wait to see how things turn out, and whether the Maple Leafs will be sanctioned in any way. (Guess not, we’re talking about the Leafs and the NHL here. No need to say more).
Plus, I’m curious to see how the players’ association will handle the matter. After all, a team forces the “retirement” of one of its own when he still has a valid contract and is, presumably, healthy and able to play. I don’t mind that it gives other players free money, but I find it a very slippery slope if the NHLPA doesn’t push back.
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