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Maple Leafs Cap Space After the Matt Murray Trade

There’s fewer RFAs, more goalies, and no space.

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With the Matt Murray trade finalized, and the Qualifying Offers made or not, the offseason cap space is clear. There’s a massive amount. In the offseason, which starts on Wednesday, the salary cap is bumped up by 10% to allow teams to go shopping and then fix their team structure later. The Leafs could go full on Vegas and sign Claude Giroux and then try to make that fit by October 11 when the official rosters are due. They won’t, but they could.

A plausible look at a projected roster for next year is what CapFriendly lists on their site throughout the offseason. It’s a projection, it is not the cap space. The Leafs may make any number of moves between now and October to structure the roster. At the moment CF only lists 17 players on their roster, so don’t quote the cap space listed there as gospel.

With the caveats done, here’s both the actual offseason space and a projection for next season:

Maple Leafs Cap Space July 12, 2022

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 11,640,250 11,640,250 11,640,250
John Tavares 11,000,000 11,000,000 11,000,000
Mitch Marner 10,903,000 10,903,000 10,903,000
William Nylander 6,962,366 6,962,366 6,962,366
Alex Kerfoot 3,500,000 3,500,000 3,500,000
David Kämpf 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000
Michael Bunting 950,000 950,000 950,000
Wayne Simmonds 900,000 900,000 900,000
Kyle Clifford 762,500 762,500 762,500
Joey Anderson 750,000 750,000 750,000
Morgan Rielly 7,500,000 7,500,000 7,500,000
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
Timothy Liljegren 1,400,000 1,400,000 1,400,000
Mark Giordano 800,000 800,000 800,000
Matt Murray 4,687,500 4,687,500 4,687,500
Two-Way Contracts
Rodion Amirov 925,000 0 0
Roni Hirvonen 856,667 0 0
Nick Abruzzese 850,000 0 0
Max Ellis 838,750 0 0
Curtis Douglas 837,500 0 0
Dmitri Ovchinnikov 835,000 0 0
Braeden Kressler 835,000 0 0
Ty Voit 835,000 0 0
Pavel Gogolev 834,167 0 0
Alex Steeves 834,167 8 33,367
Pontus Holmberg 827,500 0 0
Mikhail Abramov 810,000 0 0
Nick Robertson 796,667 21 83,650
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev 766,667 0 0
Bobby McMann 762,500 0 0
Carl Dahlström 750,000 7 26,250
Topi Niemelä 856,667 0 0
Mikko Kokkonen 846,667 0 0
Axel Rindell 838,750 0 0
William Villeneuve 835,000 0 0
Filip Král 810,000 0 0
Mac Hollowell 750,000 5 18,750
Joseph Woll 766,667 6 23,000
Erik Källgren 750,000 1 3,750 750,000
Qulifying Offers
Pierre Engvall 1,250,000 one-way 1,250,000 1,250,000
Rasmus Sandin 874,125 195 852,272 874,125
Contracts: 43 20
Bonus rollover 212,500 212,500 212,500
Total: 97,865,620 78,384,155 78,967,261
Salary Cap 82,500,000 82,500,000
10% overage 8,250,000
Total: 90,750,000 82,500,000
Cap Space 12,365,845 3,532,739

The offseason space is over $12 million, leaving all roads open this summer.

The projected roster I’ve used includes the RFAs, Pierre Engvall and Rasmus Sandin, at their Qualifying Offer amounts. Likely they will get raises. The roster is 20 players: two goalies, likely to be changed to a different, more expensive number two than Erik Källgren; seven defenders; 11 forwards. I’ve just used all the one-way contracts to make up the forward numbers, but some of those names will change, and cap hits might rise by a hundred thousand here or there. There’s $3.5 million to do all that with.

The Leafs need to choose at least 21 players that fit under the salary cap, and that leads, as always, to the decision on 12 forwards and seven defenders or 13 forwards and six defenders. There are zero waivers-exempt defenders on the roster above. There are zero waivers-exempt forwards, as well.

There are some potential forwards still exempt who can be sent down to allow another player to come up in the case of a short-term injury, and that might be what gets them an NHL job out of camp. Those decisions are well down the road, once the deals stop and the 50-man roster is set.

For now, there is also a lot of contract space, as the number 43 includes two players who will be in junior hockey and won’t count, as well as both the RFAs yet to be signed. There’s a lot of room for Kyle Dubas to sign AHLers to NHL deals in the coming days to rebuild his ranks of callups they will never use.

It doesn’t take long to use up all of the $3.5 million improving the forwards and signing RFAs. It’s very hard to imagine this team isn’t going to lose someone to fill all the needs, but who that is might well depend on who they sign in free agency, and if they want space to make a waiver claim in October when the goalies are free.

Until the next signing, that’s the numbers.