NGL, I like this more for the Canes rather than the Leafs. Hope I am wrong.
Maybe Korshkov said he wasn't coming back?
Edit b/c people don't seem to understand:
The reason the Leafs didn't claim Galch was because they'd have to keep him on the roster, not the taxi squad. Players of his calibre often have more value after going through waivers than before. Dubas can now put him on the taxi squad for cap purposes, or send him to the Marlies. We couldn't if we claimed him off waivers.
Galchenyuk is not an acquisition. He cleared waivers yesterday and is not an NHL player. I guess Toronto didn't give up anything of quality (If Korshkov was still in the AHL he would be one). Hopefully Toronto just wanted to boost the Marlies
If he ends up playing any games with the big team, I cannot wait for Leafs fans’ reaction to Galchenyuk. Considering the complaining about Gardiner, Ceci, and Zaitsev, the fanbase will hate Galchenyuk thoroughly for how bad of a player he is.
Ah yes, they trade assets for a guy they could’ve gotten for free yesterday. Good job Dubas.
The reason Toronto gave up assets and did not claim Galchenyuk off of waivers is simple. Toronto opened up a contract slot by trading 2 players for a depth signing and contract flexibility. If they had claimed Galchenyuk off of waivers they would have filled 3 contract slots as opposed to how they’ve only filled one and freed up 2.
This is actually decent asset management, not great but I get it. They are 1st in the league so they got last crack at him. They knew that if they passed him up they could trade for him and pass in between the taxi squad and the roster easily. And since he cleared waivers, they knew his value would be worthless and they got him for two almost worthless pieces