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The Toronto Maple Leafs will be taking on the Winnipeg Jets later today and it sounds like there are going to be some relatively significant changes to Toronto's lineup ahead of that game.
First, on Saturday morning the Maple Leafs officially announced that veteran defenseman Kyle Clifford has been called up to the main roster following a 2 game stint in the American Hockey League with the Toronto Marlies. In a corresponding move, 23 year old defenseman Filip Král has been sent down to the Marlies, doing so before getting any NHL games under his belt.
Furthermore, Clifford himself spoke to members of the media on Saturday and confirmed that he will be a part of tonight's game against the Jets.
Sheldon Keefe also shared his thoughts on the return of Kyle Clifford to the lineup.
"Gives us a different look on the fourth line," said Keefe. "It’s a chance to have Cliff and Simmer back involved. I think it's good timing. Both guys bring lots of energy, on the bench and on the ice, and I think coming into this road trip if we could use that."
Additions to the lineup also mean that there are likely going to be subtractions made as well and that is once again the case today. Coming out of the lineup will be Pierre Engvall who Keefe was critical of on Saturday.
"He has looked tentative and hesitant to skate, and that's his No. 1 asset, to move his feet ... he hasn't done that here quite yet. Bit of a reset for him."