The draft was expected to be over and we’ve now overlapped with the restricted free agent qualifying offer cut off. And the Leafs have opted not to qualify for of their players.
TOR does not qualify Bracco, Gauthier, Rodrigues or Veronneau
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 7, 2020
First off this means that both Ilya Mikheyev and Travis Dermott are qualified as Michael Mazzei covered this morning…
Travis Dermott and Ilya Mikheyev have received qualifying offers from the Leafs
Secondly, this means that the Leafs weren’t able to find middle ground with Evan Rodrigues on how much of a pay cut is fair from the $2M he would have qualified at. The Leafs will still have the exclusive negotiating rights with him until Friday at noon, and something could be worked out, but in reality he’ll test free agency before possibly reconnecting with Dubas about his best offer.
This also potentially ends the Freddie Gauthier era, or in reality it does end The Goat era since if the Leafs didn’t feel like qualifying him at the league minimum, they probably don’t have any interesting in continuing their working relationship. Gauthier had a great attitude, and was a beloved …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation