June 29 2015 03:37PM
Both Nazem Kadri and Richard Panik have earned qualifying offers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, meaning they don't become unrestricted free agents on July 1st.
This is, for the most part, a very good thing.
June 29 2015 01:07PM
I’m not one for sitting around and watching the second day of the draft, since it’s A) often difficult to follow and B) typically falls on a beautiful Saturday in late June, so I am admittedly late to weigh in on anything draft related. Amongst the numerous picks that now give the illusion of the Leafs having a stocked cupboard of prospects, was a beautiful trade where Toronto picked up a 6’4, 23 year old puck moving defenseman for a half eaten Power Bar and a stick of juicy fruit (actually Brad Ross and a 4th round pick, but the value is similar). Marincin comes to Toronto as a RFA, so along with Bernier, Kadri, and Panik, he’ll be one of the few internal contracts the Leafs will need to immediately deal with. And as The Leafs Nation’s resident Edmonton expert, I’m going to attempt to assess what that cost might be.
June 29 2015 12:10PM
Teams have until noon EST on Tuesday, June 30th to initiate the buyout process for any players they plan to pay not to play - meaning that teams have one more day to place any buyout candidates on unconditional waivers.
Neither the Nashville Predators nor the Buffalo Sabres waited for tomorrow.
Cody Hodgson is on unconditional waivers and will have his contract bought out. Since he's under 26, it will cost $6.333M over eight years.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 29, 2015
June 29 2015 09:54AM
A section of Leafs fans have been in a little bit of panic over the last couple days because the team hasn't put a lot of its dead weight on planes out of town yet. Most notably, Tyler Bozak still hasn't been moved, and according to Friedman yesterday, there's a decent chance he could stick around.
June 29 2015 08:38AM
"We’ll be active, but we might have a different set of targets than other teams” Brendan Shanahan said over the weekend, when asked about the Leafs' approach to free agency this week. So, who might those targets be? We obviously have no idea yet, but there are some interesting ones out there, especially now.
You've heard of all these players, so they're certainly not "off-the-board" in the typical sense, but with the market opening on Wednesday, we're not dipping into the longstanding lists of unrestricted free agents from any cap site. These guys have only just joined the conversation as potential options for next season, and they should come cheap to any teams looking to pursue them.