So here’s the deal. Denis Malgin is still in Switzerland, wasn’t on the Leafs camp roster, and generally someone we didn’t plan on seeing this season.
Malgin (TOR) on waivers. Both from yesterday cleared
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 5, 2021
So why is he on waivers?
Well. If he’s going to stay in Switzerland, he’ll need to clear waivers. That certainly seems to be the plan, and would be similar to what the Leafs did with Kalle Kossila, although there are probably a lot of teams more interested in Malgin than Kossila (but in reality, not by much.)
Is there a chance that Malgin gets claimed?
Well, probably not. It’s probably been made painfully clear that Malgin intends to stay in Switzerland this year and other GMs aren’t going to claim him, just to go through the same process of having to waive him and lose him to Toronto, who still may wish to use Malgin once the NLA season concludes.
Should the Leafs care about what happens here?
Yes. While it’s not a huge deal if Malgin gets claimed, he’s still young and only turning 24 later this month. The Leafs still have rights to him as a restricted free agent after this season, and has the potential to be a depth scoring option in the bottom six for the Leafs in coming years.
In the above article, Earl Schwartz does an excellent job of explaining why Malgin is worth our time, and the biggest one being that having someone who can capably carry the puck in and out of zones on your bottom line isn’t a bad thing.
So while it seems inevitable that Malgin will clear or at the very least no one is going to be too panicked over if he is claimed, the Malgin waiving is certainly the most significant Leafs waiving in camp so far, with the potential waivings of Travis Boyd and Aaron Dell being the most significant still to come.