You need some facts before you fantasy trade all the Leafs for stars on other teams. And yes, you could just look this up on Cap Friendly, but here's some things you need to know:
- Matt Muray is under contract for one more year at $4,687,500.
- Ilya Samsonov is an RFA with arbitration rights, and his qualifying offer is $1.8 million. If arbitration went to a hearing, his cap hit would not be known until well after July 1.
- Joe Woll is locked up for two more years at barely over minimum salary.
- Erik Källgren is a Group 6 UFA (not enough games played to maintain RFA status).
- There are two AHL goalies under contract for at least one season.
- Nick Robertson should be fine by training camp, and he has one more year at less than $800,000 with waiver exemption. He won't have arbitration rights on expiry and will still have another year of waiver exemption. (He's only 11 months older than Matt Knies.)
- Jake Muzzin has one more year at $5,625,000. If he cannot play, then the Leafs will be in LTIR space all next season.
- Seven forwards who were on the final roster are UFA on July 1. Of the seven only Zach Aston-Reese and Wayne Simmonds did not play in the final game.
- The other UFAs are: Alex Kerfoot, Ryan O'Reilly, Michael Bunting, David Kämpf and Noel Acciari.
- There are three forwards in the AHL who are RFA this season.
- The total cap hit of the forwards still under contract who played in the final game (plus Matt Knies) is $44,680,616 for seven people.
- There are six defenders under contract for next season, including Conor Timmins who gets a raise to $1.1 million.
- The UFAs are Justin Holl, Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson.
- There are two AHL UFAs and two RFAs.
- The total cap hit of the defence who played in the last game (plus Conor Timmins) and remain is $17,800,000 for six people.
That all adds up to less than 40 SPCs for next season, and a lot of decisions to make on expiring players as well as the list of players who become UFA in one more year: Auston Matthews, William Nylander, TJ Brodie, and a few other, less noteworthy names.
The total salary cap allocated as of now is $76 million, but short of knowing the true salary cap ceiling for next season, it's impossible to really give that much context. There is at least $7.5 million in space without considering LTIR.
There is a lot of opportunity to make meaningful change to the roster without trading away a single player. Decisions about who to re-sign, and for how much will need to be made soon, but the final salary cap number is either going to be $83.5 million or some unknown amount more than that if the NHL and NHLPA can agree to an increase. That number won't be certain until sometime just before the draft.
It is entirely possible that the entire system of contract extensions and trades grinds to a halt until late June as every team wants to know their budget before they act.
I'll leave you to look up the picks they have left for yourself. It's not a long list until you get to the fifth rounders.
Okay, go forth and trade away everyone on the team.