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Who is on the team, and how does it all add up?

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With the final roster decision announced today, and barring any last minute maneuvers, the Maple Leafs have their 23 men for opening day on Wednesday. We know who they are, so let’s add up what they cost.

2017 Maple Leafs opening day roster

Player # Pos Cap Hit Sh Ht Wt Born Birthplace
Player # Pos Cap Hit Sh Ht Wt Born Birthplace
Nathan Horton LTIR: 5,300,000 0 - - - - -
Tyler Bozak (A) 42 C 4,200,000 R 6' 1" 199 Mar 19, 1986 Regina, SK, CAN
Connor Brown 28 RW 2,100,000 R 6' 0" 185 Jan 14, 1994 Toronto, ON, CAN
Eric Fehr 23 C 2,000,000 R 6' 4" 208 Sep 7, 1985 Winkler, MB, CAN
Zach Hyman 11 C 2,250,000 R 6' 1" 212 Jun 9, 1992 Toronto, ON, CAN
Nazem Kadri 43 C 4,500,000 L 6' 0" 190 Oct 6, 1990 London, ON, CAN
Leo Komarov (A) 47 C 2,950,000 L 5' 11" 209 Jan 23, 1987 Narva, EST
Josh Leivo 32 LW 612,500 R 6' 2" 210 May 26, 1993 Innisfil, ON, CAN
Joffrey Lupul * 19 LW 5,250,000 R 6' 1" 206 Sep 23, 1983 Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CAN
Patrick Marleau 12 C 6,250,000 L 6' 2" 215 Sep 15, 1979 Aneroid, SK, CAN
Mitchell Marner 16 C 894,167 R 6' 0" 175 May 5, 1997 Markham, ON, CAN
Matt Martin 15 LW 2,500,000 L 6' 3" 220 May 8, 1989 Windsor, ON, CAN
Auston Matthews 34 C 925,000 L 6' 3" 216 Sep 17, 1997 Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Dominic Moore 28 C 1,000,000 L 6' 0" 192 Aug 3, 1980 Thornhill, ON, CAN
William Nylander 29 C 894,167 R 6' 0" 191 May 1, 1996 Calgary, AB, CAN
James van Riemsdyk 25 LW 4,250,000 L 6' 3" 217 May 4, 1989 Middletown, NJ, USA
Andreas Borgman 55 D 925,000 L 6' 0" 212 Jun 18, 1995 Stockholm, SWE
Connor Carrick 8 D 750,000 R 5' 10" 192 Apr 13, 1994 Orland Park, IL, USA
Jake Gardiner 51 D 4,050,000 L 6' 2" 200 Jul 4, 1990 Minnetonka, MN, USA
Ron Hainsey 2 D 3,000,000 L 6' 3" 205 Mar 24, 1981 Bolton, CT, USA
Martin Marincin 52 D 1,250,000 L 6' 5" 212 Feb 18, 1992 Kosice, SVK
Morgan Rielly (A) 44 D 5,000,000 L 6' 1" 217 Mar 9, 1994 Vancouver, BC, CAN
Nikita Zaitsev 22 D 4,500,000 R 6' 2" 195 Oct 29, 1991 Moscow, RUS
Frederik Andersen 31 G 5,000,000 - 6' 4" 230 Oct 2, 1989 Herning, DNK
Curtis McElhinney 35 G 850,000 - 6' 2" 200 May 23, 1983 London, ON, CAN
65,900,834

Added to that number above for salaries (less Nathan Horton only, please note) is the following dead money:

2017 Maple Leafs dead money

Description Amount
Description Amount
Phil Kessel retained salary 1,200,000
Tim Gleason buyout 1,333,333
Jared Cowen buyout 750,000
Bonus overages prior year 5,370,000
Total: 8,653,333

The total of salaries and dead money is: 8,653,333 + 65,900,834 = 74,554,167. Without Joffrey Lupul on LTIR, the Leafs have $445,833 in space, subject to the rules about using LTIR, which we won’t delve into here. As an approximation, it makes the point that they don’t have room to call up even one player to replace someone on IR.

What they would have to do is send someone back the other way, and with only one waiver-exempt player on the team who isn’t a core player, that can become difficult. While the Leafs don’t have to designate Lupul to LTIR now, as we now know they are allowed to, they will need to in order to handle injury replacements without ending up in a bind where they have to waive someone just to make room.

The Lupul situation was never actually affecting the Leafs’ roster choices, but it would have been very difficult to handle the whole season without the option to get relief from his salary. Which is what LTIR is for, after all.

The downside to operating in LTIR space is that the projected performance bonuses for this year can total as much as $4,550,000. Unless the Leafs shed a salary to be under the cap without LTIR, all of the final bonus tally will roll over to next year.

But since the Leafs are in LTIR space anyway, they can’t get under the cap without the relief from Horton’s cap hit, then why not use some of that space provided with Lupul on LTIR as well? If they don’t, they are essentially operating well below the cap.

It’s unlikely the team will go out and add players right now, but when the deadline is looming and they know what they’re doing with their pending UFAs, they may chose to add someone as well as subtract.

All numbers are from CapFriendly, and now that the season is here, please see the Toronto Maple Leafs page there for current cap space information updated regularly.