Since shooting themselves in the foot with some recent contract signings, the Leafs have been held accountable and theorized as a team approaching the hell that is a cap crunch. But other teams around the NHL are coming to their need and helping them by acquiring some of those contracts.
The Leafs and its management team was facing some tough decisions this offseason — among many contract negotiations with Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson, two not favourable contracts are sitting there taking up a sizeable portion of their cap.
The likely Hall-of-Famer Patrick Marleau has one year left on his three-year deal, holding a $6.25-million hit to his legendary name. On the other end of the legend spectrum, former European free agent acquisition Nikita Zaitsev has a total of five years left with a $4.5-million hit.
Knowing the current cap situation of the Leafs — around $8.5-million in space for next season — they will need to make some moves and they are already on-track to do so.
Since the league was made aware this morning of Zaitsev’s availability, there have been multiple inquiries but it remains to be seen how many teams expect TOR to retain salary or make …
Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation