And I have zero confidence that Ryan Parent can hold up. With so many games in March then the grueling playoffs, I'll be shocked if his back doesn't completely explode.
I agree with you on Bartulis. Syvret has a slightly higher cap hit though, so maybe the Flyers wanted that extra little wiggle room. This could be a predecessor to deadline move of some sort as well. Or, perhaps Syvret isn't quite ready to come back and needs a conditioning stint with the Phantoms. I don't think he'll get claimed, but my fingers are crossed.
Hopefully Parent holds up. He should be playing bottom pairing minutes which will help, and his partner should be Coburn who has been playing better as of late which should also help hopefully.
The Leafs may claim him for the same reasons we claimed Lundmark.
Leafs have numbers on D (seven NHL skaters right now) and even on the farm if they move some players (Oreskovic, Mikus even Frogren if they need him). But really the only likely player to be moved is Exelby from the back end and that means Finger slides into a full-time top-six spot.
The Leafs could move three of four bodies from the forward group, and the really don't have much on the system to bring up that aren't already on the team (Stalberg, Hanson, Bozak).
It would raise some eyebrows though if they did put a claim in, but I can't see it.