Leafs call up Nikita Shoshnikov, avoid Russian loophole


Nikita Soshnikov Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leaf have recalled forward Nikita Soshnikov from the Toronto Marlies, ensuring the Russian remains with the organization at least for the time being. The 24-year-old Soshnikov reportedly has a clause in his contact allowing him to return to Russia if he was not in the NHL by Nov. 14.