Today, the Toronto Maple Leafs kicked off their 2020 offseason by extending Denis Malgin’s RFA to a one-year minimum wage extension of $ 700,000.
Malgin was acquired on the Florida Panthers’ deadline in exchange for Mason Marchment. He’s 23, and that signing redeems a year he has arbitration rights unless his qualifying bid would be $ 87,500. QOs are due next Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Malgin has only appeared in eight games for the Leafs and hasn’t made it to the five-game qualifying round, so his history as a Florida depth forward is about all we need to go on for it. ‘assess. The Leafs couldn’t have done a better deal here, and Malgin now has a chance to prove he’s worth a spot on the NHL’s roster, which he hasn’t yet done.
By signing him for less than his OQ would be, the Leafs just created $ 87,500 off-season cap space for Friday, when that math governs their ability to sign bigger fish.