Gary Bettman Blocks Roster Move With Massive Implications

Published April 10, 2023 at 9:04 PM
BY MARC EL KHOURY
     
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In a match carrying massive weight in the Eastern Conference Wild Card battle, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has denied the Maple Leafs a significant advantage.

NHL Blocks Goalie Call-Up



For the second game in a row, the Maple Leafs find themselves relying on an emergency backup goaltender.

The first time was because of the salary cup but this time The NHL is the reason behind blocking a potential call-up.

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However, tonight's game carries a far greater importance than the previous one. In their last match against the Montreal Canadiens, the stakes were relatively low. But now, facing the Florida Panthers, entire seasons hang in the balance.

A regulation win for the Panthers over the Leafs will secure their spot in the playoffs, consequently ending the season for either the Pittsburgh Penguins or the New York Islanders.

As such, the Maple Leafs being forced to utilize emergency goaltender Nick Chenard could have major consequences.


With Ilya Samsonov having had an injury scare in the last game, there is valid cause for concern.

Regardless of whether the Leafs intentionally put themselves in this position, it's unjust to jeopardize the seasons of three teams.


Gary Bettman unfortunately just couldn't resist intervening in this crucial situation!

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