The Leafs remaining RFAs include Cody Franson, Carl Gunnarsson, Mark Fraser and Nazem Kadri. By handing out the one-way deal, Colborne came in at a pretty cheap hit of $600,000, leaving the Leafs with around $10 million in available cap space.
In related RFA news, Carl Gunnarsson has filed for player-elected salary arbitration while the two sides continue to negotiate a contract extension. Here are the two relevant sections of the CBA pertaining to player-elected arbitration:
(B) Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a Group 2 Player requests salary arbitration, or a Club requests salary arbitration, pursuant to Article 12, such Player will not be eligible to negotiate with any Club other than his Prior Club or sign an Offer Sheet pursuant to this Article 10, except as provided in Sections 12.3(a) and 12.10.
The party against whom a salary arbitration election was filed (i.e., the Club in Player-elected salary arbitration and the Player in Club-elected salary arbitration) shall elect in its brief whether the salary arbitration award shall be for a one or two-year SPC. Failure to make such an election shall be deemed to constitute an election for a one-year SPC. Notwithstanding the foregoing: (i) the Club or the Player, as the case may be, shall be entitled to elect only a one- year SPC if the Player is within one (1) year of attaining the age and experience level required for Group 3 Player status; and (ii) if the Player has attained or is within one (1) year of attaining the experience level required for Group 5 Player status and the Club has elected a two-year SPC, the Player may, at the end of the first year of such SPC, elect to void the second year of the SPC if the Player’s Paragraph 1 NHL Salary for the first League Year of such SPC is less than the Average League Salary for such League Year and, upon making such election, such Player shall (if he otherwise qualifies at such time) become a Group 5 Player and be entitled to the rights set out in Section 10.1(b).
Today was the deadline to file for arbitration. Cody Franson was the other arbitration-eligible RFA and elected not to file.
The Leafs have also signed Troy Bodie as their next Marlies add, after signing centerman Trevor Smith earlier in the week, as GM of the Marlies Dave Poulin works away at filling out the roster with a few veteran players with NHL experience to complement a young, prospect-heavy group going into next season. Brodie is a 28 year old, 6’4, 220-pound left winger who has split 107 NHL games on the fourth line between the Hurricanes and Ducks. Bodie was also briefly a Marlie before; in 2009-10 he played 16 games for the Marlies, putting up 4 goals and 6 assists.