Joined: Apr 2017
Lebanc took a (by my estimate) a 250% (2.5M) reduction in AAV to, in turn, use the remaining amount to sign another useful depth piece ($1.1M) or flex for a mid-season trade AND sign Marleau and Thornton to min salary contracts ($1.4M combined) with the money that was saved. That’s 4 useful pieces and an epic last hurrah for 2 first ballot HHoF’ers.
I’m a life-long Leafs fan but I’d be cheering for the Sharks in a dream Leafs v Sharks final.
For those mentioning performance bonuses or pre-arranged deals, check the CBA before commenting. Both are not allowed (for non ELC/35+ for bonuses and for everyone for the “handshake deals”). If it surfaced that there was one in place, I believe this contract could be voided by the League.