What’s Next For The Toronto Maple Leafs?

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    In the wake of Sunday’s blockbuster trades, one cannot help but wonder what’s next for the Toronto Maple Leafs? Who’s next to go? Who stays?

    In any case, I think that it’s pretty safe to say that this season is a write-off. We’re not making any moves to make a run at the playoffs this season. So, let’s look forward and take a look at what the Maple Leafs should look like next season.

    According to CapGeek’s 2010-11 Cap Calculator, the Maple Leafs are committed to 14 players and $47.6125M in payroll. Now, bonuses are included in that number, leaving 9 roster spots and $13.4475M in cap space.

    Now, let’s assume that Nikolai Kulemin, Christian Hanson & Jonas Gustavsson re-sign for modest raises, either before the end of the season or in the summer.

    Let’s also assume that Viktor Stalberg & Nazem Kadri will be up with the big club next season. Under these assumptions, here’s what the Leafs will have committed for the 2010-11 season:

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    PLAYER BONUS CAP HIT
    FORWARDS
    Phil Kessel — $5,400,000
    Tyler Bozak ($2,850,000) $3,725,000
    Mikhail Grabovski — $2,900,000
    * Nikolai Kulemin — $2,000,000
    Nazem Kadri ($850,000) $1,750,000
    * Christian Hanson — $1,250,000
    Colton Orr — $1,000,000
    Viktor Stalberg ($65,000) $850,000
    Fredrik Sjostrom — $750,000
    Jay Rosehill — $512,500
    DEFENSEMEN
    Dion Phaneuf — $6,500,000
    Mike Komisarek — $4,500,000
    Tomas Kaberle — $4,250,000
    Francois Beauchemin — $3,800,000
    Jeff Finger — $3,500,000
    Luke Schenn ($2,100,000) $2,975,000
    Carl Gunnarsson ($170,000) $800,000
    GOALTENDERS
    Jean-Sebastien Giguere — $6,000,000
    * Jonas Gustavsson — $3,000,000
    BUYOUTS
    Darcy Tucker — $1,000,000
    ROSTER SIZE 19
    SALARY CAP $56,800,000
    PAYROLL $56,462,500
    BONUSES $6,035,000
    CAP SPACE $4,597,500
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    That leaves 4 spots open with about $4.5M in cap space.

    Here are some projected lines (minus the 4 open roster spots):

    FORWARDS

    Kulemin-Grabovski-Kessel

    Stalberg-Bozak-Hanson

    Sjostrom-Kadri-_____

    Rosehill-_____-Orr

    _____ _____

    DEFENCEMEN

    Kaberle-Phaneuf

    Beauchemin-Komisarek

    Gunnarsson-Schenn

    Finger

    GOALTENDERS

    Giguere

    Gustavsson

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    There are still so many moves on the horizon. How would you fill out this roster?

    • Would you move Tomas Kaberle for some much needed help up front and/or a first-round pick?
    • Would you re-sign or trade Alexei Ponikarovsky?
    • Would you bury Jeff Finger in the minors to open up some cap space?
    • Would you bring back John Mitchell for a cheap number?
    • Would you assume that Lee Stempniak, Wayne Primeau & Rickard Wallin are as good as gone?

    If you were Brian Burke, what would you do?

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    2010-2011 Toronto Maple Leafs
    PLAYER BONUS CAP HIT
    FORWARDS
    Phil Kessel — $5,400,000
    Tyler Bozak ($2,850,000) $3,725,000
    Mikhail Grabovski — $2,900,000
    * Nikolai Kulemin — $2,000,000
    Nazem Kadri ($850,000) $1,750,000
    * Christian Hanson — $1,250,000
    Colton Orr — $1,000,000
    Viktor Stalberg ($65,000) $850,000
    Fredrik Sjostrom — $750,000
    Jay Rosehill — $512,500
    DEFENSEMEN
    Dion Phaneuf — $6,500,000
    Mike Komisarek — $4,500,000
    Tomas Kaberle — $4,250,000
    Francois Beauchemin — $3,800,000
    Jeff Finger — $3,500,000
    Luke Schenn ($2,100,000) $2,975,000
    Carl Gunnarsson ($170,000) $800,000
    GOALTENDERS
    Jean-Sebastien Giguere — $6,000,000
    * Jonas Gustavsson — $3,000,000
    BUYOUTS
    Darcy Tucker — $1,000,000
    LOST VIA REENTRY WAIVERS
    NONE
    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS
    ROSTER SIZE 19
    SALARY CAP $56,800,000
    PAYROLL $56,462,500
    BONUSES $6,035,000
    CAP SPACE $4,597,500
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