The Toronto Maple Leafs will not be making any roster transactions on July 1st if Mitch Marner’s contract situation drags on, but the organization’s front office will certainly still be hard at work as they look to stock up their AHL affiliate.
The #leafs have used the UFA window to speak with a number of players who may be willing to come in on minimum/near-minimum contracts. Kyle Dubas feels they’ll get some value shopping done.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 28, 2019
The Marlies are an integral part of the Leafs’ development operation in Kyle Dubas’ regime. The organization has made a concentrated effort to exploit the fact that the AHL doesn’t have a salary cap by signing marquee AHL talent to coincide with their young prospects and help maintain a winning culture.
According to one AHL source, the Marlies paid, on average, around $562,500 to each of their six veteran players – Chris Mueller (NHL one-way, $650,000), Vincent LoVerde (NHL one-way, $750,000), Steve Olesky (NHL one-way, $650,000), Josh Jooris (NHL one-way, $650,000), Colin Greening (AHL one-way, $425,000), Rich Clune (AHL one-way, $250,000) – last season.
As it stands right now, Clune (who likely won’t be a regular in the Marlies lineup anyway) is the only veteran …
Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation