With the cuts and the trade announced today, we can calculate this season’s total cap hit of this 23-man roster.

2018-2019 Maple Leafs opening day roster with cap hits

Name#PosShHtWtBornCap Hit
Connor Brown28RWR6'0"18501/14/94$2,100,000
Tyler Ennis63LWL5'9"16110/06/89$650,000
Frederik Gauthier33CL6'5"23204/26/95$675,000
Zach Hyman11CR6'1"21306/09/92$2,250,000
Andreas Johnsson18LWL5'10"18011/21/94$787,500
Nazem Kadri43CL6'0"19010/06/90$4,500,000
Kasperi Kapanen24RWR6'1"18707/23/96$863,333
Josh Leivo32LWR6'2"21005/26/93$925,000
Par Lindholm26CL5'11"18710/05/91$925,000
Patrick Marleau12CL6'2"21509/15/79$6,250,000
Mitch Marner16CR6'0"17505/05/97$894,167
Auston Matthews34CL6'3"21609/17/97$925,000
John Tavares91CL6'1"20809/20/90$11,000,000
Travis Dermott23DL6'0"20812/22/96$863,333
Jake Gardiner51DL6'2"20007/04/90$4,050,000
Ron Hainsey2DL6'3"20503/24/81$3,000,000
Justin Holl54DR6'3"20501/30/92$675,000
Martin Marincin52DL6'5"21202/18/92$800,000
Igor Ozhiganov92DR6'2"20710/13/92$925,000
Morgan Rielly44DL6'1"21703/09/94$5,000,000
Nikita Zaitsev22DR6'2"19510/29/91$4,500,000
Frederik Andersen31G--6'4"23010/02/89$5,000,000
Garret Sparks40G--6'2"19506/28/93$675,000
Nathan Horton......$5,300,000
Retained - Kessel......$1,200,000
Bonus Carryover......$2,550,000
Cap Space......$12,216,667

The total space of $12,216,667 is with Nathan Horton not on LTIR.  Out of that has to come William Nylander’s salary minus whoever is removed from the roster to make room for him, which it will do easily. What it might not be enough for is to absorb all the performance bonuses earned in the coming season. Those can be as high as $5,400,000, so there might be some carryover. LTIR space cannot be used to contain bonuses.

If the Leafs were to carry on all season with this roster (they won’t because of Nylander), they would have over $55 million in deadline cap space. Even with Nylander’s salary on the books all year, the Leafs could add an absurd amount of cap hit at the deadline.

More interestingly, the Leafs can add more expensive players in-season if they want to use the LTIR space available and are willing to let the bonuses all roll into next season. How is Rick Nash doing, anyway? At this point, it seems unlikely much will change beyond the addition of Nylander, but you never know what a hockey season will bring you.

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