The Leafs are still in cap hell. If my last name was Kerfoot ... I wouldn't be buying real estate anytime soon.
They have the whole roster signed, and don't have to make any trades.
Yah getting out of cap hell is easy ... when you give away first round picks to take on contracts (Marleau).
You can thank Loui Lamoriello for Patty Marleau at $6,300,000 x 3 years (cost a 1st round pick)
You can also thank Lamoriello for Nikita Zaitsev at $4,500,000 x 6 years (cost Connor Brown)
You can also thank Lamoriello for renting Tom Plekanec to play #4C (cost a 2nd round pick)
You can also thank Lamoriello for renting Brian Boyle to play #4C (cost a 2nd round pick)
You can also thank Lamoriello for keeping JVR + Bozak + Komarov (cost a massive haul)
Or just give up good young and reasonably priced players (Johnsson) for nothing.
He was projected to play in their top 6 ... and they got an unsigned minor leaguer for him.
Joey Anderson had better even-strength points/game and goals/game than Johnsson last year (with worse line-mates).
He's also 4 years younger + better defensively + kills penalties (and would've played all year if he didn't break a bone).
Joey Anderson will be better than Johnsson within a season or two (for one fifth of the price).
They can barely squeak under the cap if they:
Demote Pierre Engvall (the 2nd coming!)
Demote or trade Travis Dermott (yikes!)
Use Marincin as their 7th d-man (yikes!)
LOL I don't think I've ever seen someone be so wrong, while simultaneously giving so much attitude (yikes!)