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:
|* Nikolai Kulemin||â€”||$2,000,000|
|* Christian Hanson||â€”||$1,250,000|
|* Jonas Gustavsson||â€”||$3,000,000|
That leaves 4 spots open with about $4.5M in cap space.
Here are some projected lines (minus the 4 open roster spots):
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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