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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PLAYERBONUSCAP 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 SIZE19
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
PLAYERBONUSCAP 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 SIZE19
SALARY CAP$56,800,000
PAYROLL$56,462,500
BONUSES$6,035,000
CAP SPACE$4,597,500
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