The Toronto Maple Leafs placed three players on waivers, moving closer to their final 23-man roster on Monday. The three players were placed on waivers for the purpose of reassignment and that included pool goalie Curtis McElhinney, who was in a very tight battle for the team's backup position, ultimately losing out to Garret Sparks. McElhinney was the backup for the whole of last season for the Leafs and performed quite admirably, but Sparks has done a great job with the AHL Marlies last season and also had a very strong training camp/preseason.
Grant took McElhinney with his 12th round pick, the 296th overall selection, finishing off his goaltending tandem with Michal Neuvirth. With his demotion to the minors, he is eligible to be swapped out in the preseason waivers, if Grant so chooses.