Should the Leafs pursue Nikita Gusev?

Should the Leafs pursue Nikita Gusev?

At noon EST today, the New Jersey Devils placed Nikita Gusev on unconditional waivers for the purpose of mutual contract termination.

Nikita Gusev on unconditional waivers for purposes of termination. Has not played since March 20, as young players take over in NJ. Was on waivers 9 days ago, but hit of $4.5M made it untradeable, unfortunately. This creates possibility of signing elsewhere at a lower number.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 9, 2021

Gusev has already cleared waivers once, as the few teams with $4.5m in cap space did not find Gusev a worthwhile addition. After clearing waivers I assume the Devils did due diligence to find a trade partner, to no avail. If New Jersey had decided to assign Gusev to their AHL team he wouldn’t be the most expensive contract buried in the minors, so contract termination was not a foregone conclusion.
Still owed approximately $1m on his remaining contract with New Jersey, with this termination Gusev has agreed to walk away from that money. I don’t think he makes that decision just to hit the golf courses a month early. We’ve seen this in the past with Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Bogosian in 19-20, each walking away from …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

The NHL wants you to binge hockey

Exciting news everyone, from noon until past midnight (or 10am to 11pm for us Mountain timers) you’ll have the opportunity to do nothing but watch hockey.
From Bob McKenzie:
The plan is to play three games a day both in Edmonton and Toronto and the timetable template in local times is to schedule those games at noon, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Now, keep in mind the two-hour time difference between Edmonton and Toronto. It means basically there’s going to be six games a day spread out over a 15-hour window, if not longer.
That sounds damn good to me and having games in other time zones is paying off.
Of course the immediate question is what about Overtime and Bob McKenzie’s thoughts are:
In the preliminary round, when you’ve got four placement teams in the East and the West – the top four teams in each conference – playing seeding games, there isn’t unlimited overtime. So, what they will do there, they’ll just use regular season overtime and shootout. They would put those games in the 4:00 spot to try and make up time if the first game …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Petan, Agostino, Gravel, and Wilson cleared and can go about their Marlies business

Noon has come and gone and to shock of pretty much no one Nic Petan, Kenny Agostino, Kevin Gravel, and Garret Wilson are still Leafs. Errr…Marlies. While there may have been some worry about Petan being an appealing option to other teams, he too made it to the Marlies, and will provide the Leafs with that sweet, sweet organizational depth we all crave.
Additionally, the Leafs didn’t make any additions via waivers, which isn’t too surprising given that they are sitting at 48 out of a max of 50 NHL contracts, have no money to bring in anyone beyond what Liljegren’s contract is, so $863,333, and there’s the whole matter of having faith in the guys who have been working with the team throughout training camp.
Other Claims

ARIZ claims Comrie
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 1, 2019
That’s unfortunate for those of us wanted to upgrade in goal.

WIN claims Dahlstrom from CHI
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 1, 2019
Who cares? Makes sense for a team that needs a Byfuglien replacement.
AHL Trades?
Now that the Leafs have moved everyone to the Marlies, and they can be dealt without needing to clear waivers again, I wonder if players like Nic Petan, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation