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Maple Leafs Cap Space After the Brodie Signing

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There’s a bit of an overage, and it sure seems like someone has to go.

NHL: DEC 12 Maple Leafs at Flames Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With the Maple Leafs signing T.J. Brodie to a $5 million AAV deal, they now officially have a cap crunch again.

The following shows the off-season cap space, which has a lot of room for this signing, and a projected 23-man roster:

Maple Leafs Cap Space, October 10

Name Cap Hit (or Qualifying Offer) Days in NHL If 2-way Prorated Cap Hit Projected Roster
Name Cap Hit (or Qualifying Offer) Days in NHL If 2-way Prorated Cap Hit Projected Roster
One-Way Contracts
Auston Matthews 11,634,000 11,634,000 11,634,000
John Tavares 11,000,000 11,000,000 11,000,000
Mitch Marner 10,893,000 10,893,000 10,893,000
William Nylander 6,932,366 6,932,366 6,932,366
Alex Kerfoot 3,500,000 3,500,000 3,500,000
Andreas Johnsson 3,400,000 3,400,000 3,400,000
Zach Hyman 2,250,000 2,250,000 2,250,000
Wayne Simmonds 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000
Pierre Engvall 1,250,000 1,250,000 1,250,000
Nic Petan 775,000 775,000
Jason Spezza 700,000 700,000 700,000
Kalle Kossila 700,000 700,000
Denis Malgin 700,000 700,000 700,000
Morgan Rielly 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000
Jake Muzzin 5,625,000 5,625,000 5,625,000
T.J. Brodie 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000
Justin Holl 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000
Martin Marincin 700,000 700,000
Calle Rosen 750,000 750,000
Frederik Andersen 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000
Jack Campbell 1,650,000 1,650,000 1,650,000
Two-Way Contracts
Egor Korshkov 925,000 5 24,866 925,000
Nick Robertson 850,000 0 0
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev 783,333 0 0
Filip Hallander 778,333 0 0
Adam Brooks 725,000 25 97,446
Alexander Brabanov 925,000 0 0 925,000
Mikhail Abramov 810,000 0 0
Rasmus Sandin 894,137 96 461,490 894,137
Timothy Liljegren 863,333 37 171,738
Joe Duszak 800,000 0 0
Mac Hollowell 799,766 0 0
Teemu Kivihalme 725,000 5 19,758
Mikko Lehtonen 925,000 0 0 925,000
Kristians Rubins 785,000 0 0
Filip Kral 810,000 0 0
Ian Scott 805,833 0 0
Joseph Woll 800,000 0 0
Qualifying Offers
Ilya Mikheyev 874,125 186 874,125 874,125
Travis Dermott - one way 874,125 874,125 874,125
Retained 1,200,000 1,200,000 1,200,000
Total: 97,912,351 84,682,914 84,651,753
Salary Cap 81,500,000 81,500,000
10% overage 8,150,000
Total: 89,650,000 81,500,000
Cap Space 4,967,086 -3,151,753

Chances are, the Leafs won’t run a 23 man roster, but the sorts of players you lop off to run short make $925,000 at most. So you can only clear up about 23 of the overage by running with 21 players.

Making this worse is that, right now, Travis Dermott and Ilya Mikheyev remain unsigned, so they are listed only at their Qualifying Offer amounts. It seems inevitable that a spare $3 million has to be removed from this roster just to stand pat. To add any new, snarly or gritty or defensively capable depth forwards or defenders, they would either need to be paid less than the players they replace, or someone else again would need to be traded.

This is a much easier problem to solve than figuring out how to pay Alex Pietrangelo, which is likely now Vegas’s problem, but it’s still a bit of a pickle.

The Leafs have until the last day of training camp — whenever that is — to figure it out.