The off season is here

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Dave Nonis
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The off season has officially begun after a karmic conclusion to the Stanley Cup Finals last night (eat shit, Bruins). The compliance buyout period will begin Thursday followed by the draft on Sunday.

As we continued to digest the Bernier move yesterday, the Leafs qualified their new goaltender at a price of $1.525 million and will reportedly begin negotiations on a new contract later this week.

After the jump, let’s (roughly) project the Leafs cap situation headed into the 2013 off season.

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* = RFA after 2013-14 season; ** = UFA after 2013-14 season

  • This of course assumes neither MacArthur or Bozak are being re-signed. Also assumes fellow UFAs Ryan O’Byrne and Mike Kostka are walking as well.
  • Note that there’s only 10 forwards listed there, and only 6 defencemen when the team will carry 7.
  • Seems to me that using the other compliance buyout on Liles’ $3.9 million might be worthwhile, if he can’t be traded. The cap will begin to rise again in 2014-15, so why save one if we need the space now? I doubt Liles will serve as anything more than a 5th or 6th guy with Carlyle at the helm, and Franson and Gunnarsson are due up for raises on the back end. Cap space grows to nearly 12 million with Liles off the books.
  • I’m not advocating for the re-signing of McLaren with Orr already signed. Nonis said he wants there to be space for some Marlies to compete, so there isn’t a whole lot of sense in it. I figured I may as well plug him in as a placeholder, cap wise.

Onto the links…

 

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  • MaxwellHowe

    Prediction: Liles is going to the Islanders in return for Dipietro (buyout) and one of Strome, Hamonic, Okposo, Moulson or their first round pick.  If Nonis has the balls, he’ll throw in Reimer and take back even more.  Risky, but God hates a coward.

    • Great Dane

      MaxwellHowe Done – Strome and Reinhardt thank you

      • colino17

        Great Dane MaxwellHowe Strome/Reinhart/Dipietro + 1st + 2nd for Komi/Liles + Reimer +1st
        Vinny + 3rd overall for NYI 1st + 2nd

        • Great Dane

          colino17 Great Dane MaxwellHowe keep them coming

    • daniel marois

      MaxwellHowe 
      Well.  That is what I feel too.  But I think it is Luongo heading to NYI and Reimer won’t be part of the package.  But yea can see us swapping first rounders with NYI and they would give us another top prospect as part of the deal for taking Dipietro.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Great Dane That would take a lot of the fun out of the Leafs Sunshine state road trips.

    • Great Dane

      MaxwellHowe Great Dane Why half a Leafs team will be playing down there LOL

  • Burtonboy

    I’m expecting a big trade in the next 24-48 hrs. A little birdie told me so lol

    • Mitch_S2

      Burtonboy I’m thinking Duchene. I could see us moving a big winger for him.

      • Burtonboy

        Mitch_S2 Burtonboy A deal is coming with Edmonton ….. book it lol

        • Mitch_S2

          Burtonboy Mitch_S2 Gagner? no thanks…

        • Mitch_S2

          Burtonboy Mitch_S2 Gagner? no thanks…

        • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

          Burtonboy Mitch_S2 I say if there’s any trade between Toronto and Edmonton it will be the day of or the night before the draft.

        • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

          Burtonboy Mitch_S2 I say if there’s any trade between Toronto and Edmonton it will be the day of or the night before the draft.

        • Burtonboy

          Mitch_S2 Burtonboy I’m not thrilled with the thought either but I have a feeling its gonna happen

        • Burtonboy

          RielledUp Burtonboy Mitch_S2 Possible . MacT is having a pre- draft presser today . I might just listen to that one

        • Burtonboy

          RielledUp Burtonboy Mitch_S2 Possible . MacT is having a pre- draft presser today . I might just listen to that one

        • Mitch_S2

          Burtonboy Mitch_S2 Gagner is quite similar to Bozak. He has had one decent year after playing with Hall and Eberle both PPG players/ It would be a mistake to move anything of value for him. 
          I’d much prefer going after Colin Wilson.

        • Mitch_S2

          Burtonboy Mitch_S2 Gagner is quite similar to Bozak. He has had one decent year after playing with Hall and Eberle both PPG players/ It would be a mistake to move anything of value for him. 
          I’d much prefer going after Colin Wilson.

        • colino17

          Mitch_S2 Burtonboy interesting..big body and likely cheaper than Gagner

        • -Keon-

          He has more skill though.

        • Mitch_S2

          colino17 Mitch_S2 Burtonboy A very skilled guy too, doesn’t et the opportunity to do that under Trotz.

        • Mitch_S2

          colino17 Mitch_S2 Burtonboy A very skilled guy too, doesn’t et the opportunity to do that under Trotz.

        • colino17

          is he RFA too?

        • colino17

          is he RFA too?

        • daniel marois

          Mitch_S2 Burtonboy 
          Yeah and I think Gagner gets re-signed in Edm anyways. I think Nonis really wants a bonfide #1 centre.  Not one who projects to score 40-50 pts a season.

        • Mitch_S2

          colino17 not that i know of but there have been rumors of the leafs interest over the last few years.

        • colino17

          Mitch_S2 colino17 Maybe we can pick up Tom Wilson from WSH too and two big Wilsons on the same line =P

        • Knights2Leafs

          Mitch_S2
          Bozak has never reached 50 points in a season.  Gagner, despite starting as a 19 year old has scored at a 51 points per 82 games in his career.
          Bozak is slightly bigger and so far better on faceoffs.  Their skill sets are not comparable and Gagner is 3 years younger.

        • Knights2Leafs

          Mitch_S2
          Bozak has never reached 50 points in a season.  Gagner, despite starting as a 19 year old has scored at a 51 points per 82 games in his career.
          Bozak is slightly bigger and so far better on faceoffs.  Their skill sets are not comparable and Gagner is 3 years younger.

      • daniel marois

        Mitch_S2 Burtonboy 
        Would love Duchene but Roy mentioned McKinnon slotted as third liner next season if they take him.  That would mean Duchene on #1 and O”Reilly at #2.  Can’t see Statsny in that equation.  That’s why I doubt Duchene moving.

        • Mitch_S2

          daniel marois Mitch_S2 Burtonboy  Stastny is the most solid defensively out of al those guys and likely the cheapest to re-sign. Also you probably get the biggest return for Duchene, and that is totally necessary when you consider a team with four centers like that continually finishes in the bottom feeders.

  • happy_gilmour

    who are the league’s poorest teams? i think we should look there… i also still think somethibk will be up with edm as eakins will want to instill his system quickly anf some of the guys he liked (eg blacker, d’amigo) may not have huge upside but would fit in with their youth, work hard, etc….

  • happy_gilmour

    who are the league’s poorest teams? i think we should look there… i also still think somethibk will be up with edm as eakins will want to instill his system quickly anf some of the guys he liked (eg blacker, d’amigo) may not have huge upside but would fit in with their youth, work hard, etc….

  • colino17

    Just thinking that maybe NoNo kept the choice of which year the 2nd in the LA deal was so that he was flexible to offer/threaten an offer sheet…who is out there was solid RFAs…Pietrangelo?

  • Komas Taberle

    I am a firm believer in the IN OUT theory.
    In Nonis Our Ultimate Trust
    Go get ’em Davey boy!

    • colino17

      Komas Taberle clever

  • colino17

    Great Dane Maybe they will give us Aulie back too =P

  • Dink

    Please no math

    • colino17

      @Dink 1+1 = More than 1

      • Dink

        colino17 hahaha

      • Dink

        colino17 hahaha

  • daniel marois

    canuckintheuk -Keon- 
    Bernier somwhere around $2.9-3.2 mil a season