Laich has been placed on waivers after he told TheAthletic.com this weekend that he either wanted to play for the Leafs or be moved to another NHL team. Laich's agent Roly Thompson doesn't think it's punishment for speaking out, but acknowledges that his client will likely pass through waivers because of his $4.5 million contract. Thompson said Laich's season with the team has been "horrible." Laich was brought in to help provide leadership for the young players on the team, but he became expendable when they matured quickly. Laich will continue to play with the AHL Marlies after he clears waivers Wednesday and will not break contract.
Laich was demoted to AHL Toronto on Tuesday, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports. Laich was a candidate to stay with the team as a veteran mentor but the team will instead elect to save the cap space by sending him to the minors. The 33-year-old appears to be moving towards the end of his career but could still find his way back to the NHL if Toronto goes through anything similar to the onslaught of injuries that had in 2015-16.
Laich has cleared waivers, but remains with the Leafs, reports Sportsnet 590TheFAN. The end of the 33-year-old's career is nearing, but Laich still has gas in the tank. He remains with the team in a veteran/mentor/leadership role to support all of the young players the Leafs are planning to roster. If he eventually goes down to the AHL Marlies, the Leafs would save $925,000 under the cap (the equivalent of Auston Matthews hit). Laich's cap hit sits at $4.5 million right now.
Laich was placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs on Sunday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Laich seemed destined for a mentor role for the Leafs this season but the team decided to let go of the veteran, who could be claimed off waivers. He's now eligible to be claimed off waivers and could elect to become a free agent if unclaimed.
Laich scored the Leafs' only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Sabres on Thursday night. It's his first goal as a member of the Leafs and just his second in 76 games this season. Laich has seen a serious drop in production since 2011-12 (41 points) and he's now sitting on 12 points this season. No need to waste your time here.
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