One of the things I like most about Kyle Dubas is that he approaches free agency. Last year he went all-in on Bunting’s upside and rolled the dice on a couple of free agents (Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie) that didn’t receive qualifying offers from their current team. To me, that’s a far better way to spend free agency than throwing money at a player exiting their prime. Instead, he’s paying young players for the players they are today knowing there could still be some untapped potential.
Elliotte Friedman’s radio hit on The Jeff Marek Show today brings people like me some joy.
The gist of it is that it is highly likely that there could be more restricted free agents than ever before that won’t be receiving qualifying offers. That’s exciting because there are definitely some good names out there.
The two main driving factors in players not receiving a qualifying offer are if they have arbitration rights. Arbitration rights mean that teams would essentially have to accept the arbitrator’s ruling up to $4.5M and in a lot of cases there is the potential for some overpayments. There are 46 arbitration eligible restricted free agents this offseason, including Pierre Engvall, Joseph Duszak and Ondrej Kase. It’s entirely possible the Leafs will be one of the teams forced to cut their losses with good players because of the leverage the player …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation