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Maple Leafs Looking At Trade Options With Flat Cap

Sportsnet’s Luke Fox wrote an article looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs and how they might navigate what could be a flat salary cap for next season.

Sportsnet’s Luke Fox wrote an article looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs and how they might navigate what could be a flat salary cap for next season. There were estimates the NHL was going to boost next season’s salary cap by as much as $7 million, but with the pause on the season and the loss in revenues, that cap may now stay at $81.5 million.

If so, the Maple Leafs have some decisions to make. Fox believes the team would be forced to acquire a defenseman since their only locked in players are Jake Muzzin and Morgan Rielly. Fox also believes the Maple Leafs are already discussing how to proceed.

According to Fox, it’s unlikely either of Tyson Barrie or Cody Ceci will be back. He also believes the Maple Leafs aren’t ready to give young players like Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren all the responsibility in the world. That leaves either trading a forward for a d-man or freeing up salary to sign a blueliner via free agency.

From most accounts, William Nylander, Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews or John Tavares aren’t going anywhere and the Maple Leafs’ priority is to keep them together. There are also raises already committed to Muzzin, Pierre Engvall, Justin Holl and Jack Campbell. That complicated cap situation means that one of the middle-tier forwards — Kasperi Kapanen, Alexander Kerfoot or Andreas Johnsson — will be used to land the blueliner they need.

Fox notes, “Something’s gotta give” and it will be interesting to see what it is.

Fox explains:

Dubas & Co. have proven creative in finding ways to keep their high-priced, elite talent in blue and white, but those signings were made on the presumption that the ceiling would only go in one direction.

A flat or reduced salary cap would present a host of fresh challenges.

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  1. Barry Fletcher

    March 20, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Barrie and Cecci walking trade Johnsson bring ontario boys Piterangelo and Tanev home

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