Maple Leafs extend qualifying offers to RFA Mikheyev and Dermott


The Toronto Maple Leafs have extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents Ilya Mikheyev and Travis Dermott, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported on Wednesday morning.

A rookie in 2019-2020, Mikheyev made an instant impact with Toronto – and quickly became a fan favorite, too. The 25-year-old forward scored eight goals and 23 points in 39 games before sustaining a severe wrist laceration in late December that sent him to hospital and required significant recovery time. He was able to join the team when the NHL returned to play, but did not get on the scoresheet. As Johnston noted, negotiations between the Leafs chiefs and Mikheyev’s camp will continue after the draft.

Dermott, 23, continued his 2018-19 campaign with another strong season in 2019-20, becoming a mainstay of the Leafs’ blue line who suffered injuries throughout the streak. That blue line will see a lot of changes this offseason, with two unrestricted free agents to Cody This and Tyson Barrie likely leaving and some young faces of Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren looking to break through the roster.

Mikheyev and Dermott just expired entry-level deals – Mikheyev is on a one-year pact when he arrived from Russia in May 2019 as an unwritten KHL free agent and Dermott is on a standard three-contract. years who saw entry-level slips into the top two for the 2015 second-round pick.

The Maple Leafs have four calls for applications in total, with forwards Evan Rodrigues and Frederik Gauthier also in need of new deals. Johnston reported on Tuesday night that Rodrigues would not receive an offer from the club.

Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET is the deadline for submitted offers. If a player does not qualify, then he will become an unrestricted free agent.


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