Alexey Marchenko of Toronto Maple Leafs has decided to continue his career at home in Russia.He intends to comeback to the NHL in the future— Dan Milstein-Hockey (@HockeyAgent1) August 15, 2017
Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenceman Alexey Marchenko on waivers for the purpose of a contract termination. Today, it was confirmed that Marchenko was bought out because he wanted to pursue his hockey career in his native country of Russia. Marchenko has reportedly inked a three-year deal with CSKA Moscow of the KHL.
Marchenko, who was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2011, spent parts of four seasons with CSKA before coming to North America for the 2013-14 season. Last season, the Leafs claimed him off waivers from the Red Wings. He played 11 games recording two points in essentially a bench role in Toronto.
What does this mean for the Leafs? They’re completely off the hook for Marchenko’s contract, which would have cost them $1.45 million against the cap this season. That, of course, slides them a little closer to the cap ceiling and it gives them another contract slot to potentially use on a free agent.
One of those contract slots will be Connor Brown, who, as you know, is still an RFA. The other could be used on somebody like NCAA free agent Will Butcher or it could be saved for the Leafs to acquire a player via trade during the season if the need arises.