Good news for the Leafs today, or potentially good news as the salary cap projections in season tend to shrink back to reality by the summer, the league is going to let Toronto spend more money…
#NHL cap projection for 2020-21: $84 to $88.2 million, up from current $81.5 million, but it’s dependent on negotiations with NHLPA.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 4, 2020
So that would be a jump up from the $81.5M the league is currently using and a welcome event for the Leafs who already have nearly $78M committed to their roster for next season (as per PuckPedia).
The Leafs have Dermott and Mikheyev as restricted free agents they are very likely to re-sign, as well as they will have decisions to make on Gauthier and Malgin, who wouldn’t cost them nearly as much. As for unrestricted free agents, we can assume that Cody Ceci is as good as gone, but Kyle Clifford, Jason Spezza, and Tyson Barrie are three players they probably wouldn’t mind bringing back, and Barrie’s salary alone would likely push Toronto to $84M on his own before dealing with the other free agents and hopefully upgrading their roster.
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation