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Aug 20, 2019
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Forum: NHLSep 24, 2019 at 4:21 <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>niong108</b></div><div>Well Leafs, good luck next year with your defence. The situation looks really ugly. Cannot believe players don't care about other team members or having a stanley cup team. I mean let's be honest, next year the leafs won't be SC contenders simply cause they don't have any cap for their depth players.</div></div>
Reasons why Toronto management isn't worried:
1. Toronto's top two prospects are both Dmen who will make <1M for their first three seasons. Both are knocking on the door this camp but will have until next year to further develop
2. $16M is coming off the books after this season with their forward core fully intact. Meaning 5.33M can be allotted per man if they wanted to (Rielly, Sandin, Liljegren are the other 3; Dermott is RFA)
3. Cap hit will only go up next season, and is projected to skyrocket with the new TV deal/Seattle expansion
So moving forward to 2020: Rielly is signed; Dermott won't sign for more than 5.33M unless it's long term; Sandin and Liljigren will be on ELCs; salary cap will go up, leaving ~10M+ to sign/trade for two Dmen.
Of course then you might say, what about when Rielly's contract expires? Or Andersen's? Just like when they signed Tavares - what about Matthews, Nylander, Marner? Or when Nylander signed, what about Matthews and Marner, etc etc. There's a method to Dubas&Co's madness; they've considered everything moving forward. Even if push comes to shove, they trade a periphery piece like Kerfoot, Kapanen, or Johnsson. By that time, Bracco, Robertson, or SDA will be able to step in on their ELC.
Forum: NHLSep 6, 2019 at 11:30