If cap space is available, no reason to buyout Laich. Maybe keeping Bozak and Laich is the way to transition Matthews/Nylander to the NHL.
I'm not on the Stamkos fence. Even if the Leafs have the cap right now, I would prefer that the Leafs build and save cap space for their future stars (potentially) in Nylander, Matthews, Marner and maybe others.
Maybe the blood clot issue, allows Leaf management to "save face" by not signing him.
On the current playoff Marlies I believe there are 16 players who played for the Leafs this year. Gotta believe this is the plan, let this group bond, instead of air lifting high priced UFAs
I bought out Laich because he'll only stay on the books for one year with a buyout. I'd rather have the open roster spot for a guy like Leipsic than Laich, although his veteran presence doesn't hurt.