The American Hockey League (AHL) has officially cancelled the rest of the 2019/20 AHL season. With that the Toronto Marlies season is over. There is no telling yet what impact this will have on the NHL.
The Marlies released the following statement to ticket holders on Monday. “Fans who hold tickets to any of the unplayed games remaining on the 2019-20 schedule will be contacted by a representative from the Marlies ticketing team to receive a full refund or the option to move credit to the 2020-21 season. For more information, please visit Marlies.ca or call 416-597-PUCK (7825).”
As a fan of the Toronto Marlies and as someone who attends their games often, it’s a shame to see the season end like this. The truth is that the AHL just doesn’t have the same might as the NHL. Financially this move just makes sense.
What Comes Next?
For most of the players on the Marlies roster, this is the end. Others will be waiting to see if the NHL does resume. If the NHL does resume as many suspect it will, it will be interesting to see how many Marlies can join the Maple Leafs under the NHL call up protocol.
The Marlies end the regular season with Kenny Agostino as their leading scorer. Agostino finishes with 27 goals and 22 assists for 49 points in 53 games played. Right behind him in the standings is Pontus Aberg with 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points in 55 games played. Rounding out the top three is Jeremy Bracco. He finished with 4 goals and 30 assists for 34 points in 44 games played. This season was a drastic downturn season for Bracco. Many inside the Maple Leafs organization were hoping to see Bracco have a dominating season after last season’s 79 point campaign.
Marlies Free Agents
This summer the Toronto Marlies will have 11 players becoming free agents. Five will be Restricted and six will be Unrestricted. The five Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) will be Max Veronneau, Bracco, Adam Brooks, Aberg and Teemu Kivihalme. The team’s six Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs) will be Miikka Salomaki, Garrett Wilson, Tyler Gaudet, Matt Lorito, Kevin Gravel and Kasimir Kaskisuo.
It’s more than likely that all five RFAs will be given offers to rejoin the organization. The UFAs however will be the complete opposite. For me, Kaskisuo is the only UFA on this list worth bringing back. I don’t think prospect Ian Scott is ready to make the jump to the AHL yet, so the Marlies will need to keep the duo of Joseph Woll and Kaskisuo.
Final Thoughts on AHL Season Cancellation
It is sad to see the AHL cancel their season, but it’s completely understandable. From a health and safety standpoint, as will as a financial standpoint, it just makes sense. It will be interesting to see if any Marlies get called up to the Maple Leafs in the NHL season resumes. It will also be interesting to see what happens to all the Marlies free agents this summer.
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