As we all have come to realize, Toronto GM Brian Burke and his right hand man Dave Nonis must focus all of their energy towards this off-season.
There is no such task as a little task when it comes to acquiring high-end players via trade or whether it's signing that big fish in the pond through Free Agency.
I recently took a bit of time off of blogging to concentrate on other aspects. So I'm ready to dive back into the fun once again!
With this article I will look at possible trades and possible important signings to come July 1 and beyond. I wish to specify that this is just speculation and only meant to spark a debate. There is nothing more exhilarating then an engaging conversation when it comes to our beloved Leafs.
With the draft approaching faster than usual (to me), Mr. Burke has his management team looking at any and all possible options. According to capgeek.com, the Leafs have roughly $21 million in cap space this off-season.
Now, figuring that because of the record setting sales the cap is probably going to be moving up to $62/63 million. $24 million is alot of cap space, my friends. We aren't even at the cap floor.
As July 1 comes, the Leafs have a few important restricted free agents.
RFA: Luke Schenn, Clarke MaCarthur, Tyler Bozak, Carl Gunnarson, Mat Lashoff, Luca Caputi, Christian Hanson with Goaltenders Ben Scrivens and James "Optimus Reim" Reimer.
UFA: J.S Giguere, Tim Brent, Darryl Boyce, Fred Sjostrom.
Now of course thats not all of the contracts that have expired but just the main ones. Here's who I believe will be re-signed and for how much.
D- Luke Schenn $ 3,725,000 - $ 4,250,00 with a NTC/NMC
F- Clarke MaCarthur $ 2,850,000 - $ 3,200,000
F- Tyler Bozak $ 1,400,000 - $ 1,500,000
D- Carl Gunnarson $ 1,875,000 - $ 2,225,000
D- Mat Lashoff $ 850,000 2-way contract.
F- Luca Caputi + Christian Hanson $ 875,000 2-way contracts.
F- Tim Brent $ 600,000 NHL contract.
G- James Reimer $ 1,350,000 - $ 1,500,000
G- Ben Scrivens $ 650,000 2-way contract.
Boyce, Sjostrom and Gigure I believe will not be re-signed. Adding the one-way NHL contracts using the lowest and then the highest would be totaled as follows.
Using the higher salaries you would add this much to your projected cap hit - $13.275 million
Lower contract values - $11.8 million
If the cap were to be $62.5 million then we would have about $11 million of cap space to fill up. Keeping in mind we have to try not to screw ourselves over when it comes to re-signing our expired contracts next year.
Being a NHL GM you have to think 2-5 years ahead before making a move. Now I won't get too in depth with that, but I would like to take a look at a few possible trades and a few possible free agents. Keep in mind what I said at the beginning of the article about "speculation" and "debate."
So without further ado.....