Ramblings: Leivo Signs with Flames, Opportunity for Virtanen, Ranking Wingers (Oct 25)

Ian Gooding

2020-10-25

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During this offseason, there hasn't been a team that has added another team's players the way the Flames have added former Canucks players. First Jacob Markstrom, then Chris Tanev, and how could I forget Louis Domingue? Add Josh Leivo to that list of ex-Canucks migrating over the Rocky Mountains, as he has signed a one-year contract with Calgary for $875,000. Leivo had been sidelined since December with a fractured kneecap, having missed both the rest of the regular season and the postseason. Leivo scored 19 points (7g-12a) in 36 games in 2018-19, so he was on a 40+ point pace.

Fantasy Take: Flames Hit Their Mark, Sign Jacob Markstrom

Despite Leivo's recent injury history, this is a low-risk gamble for the Flames. When healthy last season, Leivo was most frequently used on the Canucks' second line with Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson.  He'll probably slot in as a third or fourth liner for the Flames and may even push for the second line. I liked what I saw from Andrew Mangiapane on the Flames' second line last season, but if healthy and consistent, Leivo could push for that role.

The fact that the Canucks didn't re-sign Tyler Toffoli or Leivo means that it looks like they are all-in on