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Maple Leafs issue Qualifying Offer to Denis Malgin

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Nic Petan, Joey Duszak and Veini Vehviläinen are assumed to be UFAs now.

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The implication here is that the other three RFAs remaining did not. With Vehviläinen in Sweden already, that left free agent signings Nic Petan and Joey Duszak, who both have arbitration rights, and are unlikely to find a roster spot on the Leafs as the only unsigned RFAs. If they were not qualified, they become UFAs on Wedneday at noon.

Malgin’s Qualifying Offer is $750,000, or this season’s minimum salary. It is also only a two-way deal, as mandated by the rules on QOs.

He also has arbitration rights, but little case to demand a better deal with since he played the entire season in Switzerland. He is there right now training with the national team and can be assumed to have an offer to play on a Swiss team this season.

He can make a deal for any amount of AAV or term with the Leafs, he can accept the QO as is, or he can elect arbitration. He cannot become a free agent by doing any of those things.

QOs eventually expire, but even then, the signing rights to the player are retained, and he cannot sign with any other NHL team.

The Leafs need forwards, and the most likely outcome is that Malgin signs some variety of minimum salary deal and tries to break into the Leafs lineup at camp.

When we have confirmation of the status of Petan and Duszak, we’ll let you know.

Update:

Still no official confirmation, though.

CF has is from the NHL end:

Duszak’s QO is $756,000 and still two-way. He should be considered an AHLer this season.