Defenseman Alexy Marchenko claimed off waivers today, by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Marchenko was placed on waivers yesterday afternoon to make room for defenseman Brendan Smith, who was returning from injury. The decision was likely based off of cap and the fact that the Wings didn’t want to lose their other young defenseman in Nick Jensen, Xavier Oullett, and Ryan Sproul. Detroit felt there was a chance that Marchenko would go unclaimed, however that wasn’t the case.
It makes sense that Toronto claimed Marchenko today. Mike Babcock coached the 25 year old defenseman during his tenure with the Red Wings and He always had good praise for Marchenko. There’s some familiarity there between Marchenko and Babcock which is why Toronto made sense.