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The Maple Leafs Roster is Growing

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Where is everyone going to fit?

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With two trades for players, one on LTIR now, and one not, the Leafs roster is growing.

This is the current active roster, plus the two LTIR players and their cap hits. This is 15 forwards, seven defenders and three goalies. Or 14 F, 7D and 2G when you just count the healthy players.

Maple Leafs Roster after the Foligno trade

Player Cap Hit on the Leafs
Player Cap Hit on the Leafs
Auston Matthews 11,640,250
John Tavares 11,000,000
Mitch Marner 10,903,000
William Nylander 6,962,366
Alex Kerfoot 3,500,000
Riley Nash 2,750,000
Zach Hyman 2,250,000
Ilya Mikheyev 1,645,000
Wayne Simmonds 1,500,000
Nick Foligno 1,375,000
Pierre Engvall 1,250,000
Alex Galchenyuk 1,050,000
Alex Barabanov 925,000
Joe Thornton 700,000
Jason Spezza 700,000
Jake Muzzin 5,625,000
Morgan Rielly 5,000,000
T.J. Brodie 5,000,000
Justin Holl 2,000,000
Zach Bogosian 1,000,000
Travis Dermott 874,125
Martin Marincin 700,000
Frederik Andersen 5,000,000
Jack Campbell 1,650,000
Micheal Hutchinson 725,000

Right now, as reported in the trade post, all these players fit under the cap and/or in the LTIR pool. There is $2.7 million of that pool remaining with this roster as constructed, so it’s not necessary to cut anyone, and it is possible to add players without making any other moves.

Of that list, Alex Barabanov is the only waivers exempt player. Michael Hutchinson would clear waivers in all liklihood, but the Leafs cannot risk that right now. They also have Martin Marincin who would clear. Other than that, there is no one to cut who wouldn’t be claimed, with the exception of running that Jason Spezza trick again, where he announces he’ll retire if claimed.

Clarification: players do get claimed after the deadline, but the risk is lowered since they aren’t playoff eligible. So it’s a little easier to do, but low ranked teams sometimes just need bodies, so caution is an issue, and no one with term beyond this season could be moved.

What this means is that the Leafs would have to clear salary to reactivate Andersen. And they would have to clear salary to add much more than $3.5 million in new player cap hits.

However, this group as constructed, most of whom are in Montreal ready to play on Monday, fits fine for now. Before that game against the Canadiens begins, we’ll know exactly who is available for the rest of the season and if even more new Leafs have been added.