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Noah Gregor's future with the Maple Leafs has been determined


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Ryan Smitheram
June 13, 2024  (3:58 PM)
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Noah Gregor's future with the Maple Leafs has been determined
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Noah Gregor turned a PTO with the Leafs last season into a 1-year deal, but on Thursday, reports have confirmed the pending RFA's status for next season.

A fast, effective penalty killer, Gregor joined the Leafs on a PTO during training camp last season and did enough to earn a 1-year, league minimum deal with the club in a bottom-six role. Gregor skated in 63 games last season, but fell out of the lineup in the playoffs, playing in just two games in the first round against the Boston Bruins. In those 63 games, he registered 6 goals and 12 points playing primarily on the fourth line and penalty kill. The 25-year-old is an RFA but has arbitration rights available to him if he were to get a qualifying offer from the Leafs. That seems unlikely according to The Athletic's Joshua Kloke however thanks to his lack of production and the emergence of Easton Cowan.
"With the emergence of Cowan next season combined with Gregor's declining production and role in the second half of the season (one goal in his last 35 games), it feels unlikely the Leafs extend a qualifying offer," wrote Kloke. "He was known to be a good teammate in Toronto and his speed and attitude alone should help him catch on with another NHL team easily enough next season."

It would be a surprise if Cowan made the team out of camp, but given the Leafs have a handful of Toronto Marlies looking to make the jump, such as Alex Steeves, Nick Abruzzese, Ryan Tverberg and others, adding one of those players who have a more diverse skillset to the bottom-six would benefit the Leafs more than having Gregor in the lineup. Not to mention those players would cost significantly less than Gregor who will likely end up with a contract of $1M or more and for the Leafs, every dollar they can save on role players will go a long way to rebuilding their blueline.
Source: The Athletic - Leafs RFA roundup
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