A League of Their Own: Comparing Leafs’ Salaries in the Atlantic

The uncertainty surrounding the continuation of the 2019-2020 season, and our day-to-day lives for that matter, has made it easy to forget about the inventive though precarious Leafs roster and salary distribution. The growing unlikelihood of an increasing salary cap in the coming years, given the hit to revenue from the pandemic, while make these discussions even more relevant and real for Leafs fans. The Leafs salary distribution is notoriously top-heavy, with an unprecedented amount of dollars going to their top stars. The purpose of this post is not to critique this strategy, but to simply provide context within the rest of the division, which helps us envision a potential path forward.
The Leafs are in a league of their own when it comes to their salary distribution – the below chart shows players cap hit on the x-axis versus their P/GP on the y axis for each team in the Atlantic (GP>30 in 2019-2020).
The Leafs are alone with 3 players highlighted with salaries above $8M. Tampa Bay and Buffalo each have 2 in Kucherov and Stamkos, and Eichel and Skinner, while Florida and Montreal have paid handsomely for their starting goaltenders. Tampa Bay and Boston are the comparisons …

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Author: mackinawstats / The Leafs Nation

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