Leafs suddenly designate a 1000 game veteran off the active roster

Published March 18, 2022 at 7:45

Late Thursday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs moved one of their most experienced players to the non-roster player list.

Just two weeks ago Wayne Simmonds played his 1000th career NHL game. A huge accomplishment for any player. Now he is no longer on the Leafs active roster.

Unfortunately some details are still missing. But as per the NHL rule book:

If a player is unfit to play due to COVID protocols (tests positive or is considered a close contact to a positive case), they can be designated as non-roster. This designation means they do not count towards 23 player active roster limit, but they do continue to count against salary cap.

We can't speculate on a players health without any concrete evidence, but this could be one reason Simmonds was designated a non-roster player. It could also be some roster maneuvering to facilitate a trade. We'll have to wait and see as more details follow.
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