Toronto's Dicey Salary Cap Situation: The Limits of the Bonus Cushion

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August 01 2016 03:11PM

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It's pretty evident that the Leafs are in a very tight situation in regard to the NHL's salary cap at the moment.  As of the time I'm writing this, General Fanager has the Leafs at just $55,916 in cap space.  CapFriendly, which uses a slightly different list of players, has the Leafs with a little bit more room: $435,000.  Since the Leafs still need to sign a back-up goalie, that's obviously not a great place to be in.  But both cap sites are actually over-estimating how much space the Leafs have left, and that's because of the way that rookie bonuses work.

A couple of days ago Jeff Veillette listed all of the possible bonuses that the Leafs might have to pay out over the next couple of seasons.  There are 15 players under contract to the Leafs who have the potential to hit performance bonuses next season.  However, many of them will play few or even no minutes for Toronto in 2016-17, so we don't need to take account of all of them.  But if we add up all of the players who are likely to make the opening night roster, the potential damage from bonuses is still pretty large.

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How the Leafs can use the second buyout window to game the salary cap

Jeff Veillette
August 01 2016 01:51PM

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While the original summer buyout window passed us all by before the start of free agency, teams who had salary arbitration cases to deal with are allowed a second kick at the can a few days after their disputes have been resolved, through rulings or settlements.

With Peter Holland, Frank Corrado, and Martin Marincin's cases now behind the Leafs, their window opened up today, giving them 48 hours to decide whether they'd like to part ways with one of their players. We hinted a bit at the value of this a few days ago, but today, we're going to combine two of our posts into one for the sake of outlining a potential white-hat gaming of the salary cap.

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VERMETTE?

Lowetide
August 01 2016 11:41AM


The Arizona Coyotes placed Antoine Vermette on waivers today for the purpose of buyout. Vermette is nearing the end of a very successful NHL career, that includes over 900 regular-season games and a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks. Edmonton employed a tragic third and fourth line last season, can Vermette help?

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ALL THE GOALIES

Lowetide
July 30 2016 06:25PM

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Laurent Brossoit (photo by Mark Williams) is in the mix for an NHL job this fall, as he and Jonas Gustavsson will be vying for the backup job to Cam Talbot. The AHL and ECHL nets are also in play, and with the summer's work (at this position) likely completed, let's have a look at the Oilers in goal.

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The long-term outlook of Toronto's rookie bonuses

Jeff Veillette
July 30 2016 05:01PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have a lot invested in their young core, both figuratively and literally. The team is looking to its youth to re-ignite the once great franchise, building themselves up from within through scouting and player development to create a sustainable environment for long-term success.

They've also made a lot of promises to players if they're good and have brought in a few players who had those promises attached to them. Listed below is every potential performance bonus that the Leafs could end up paying over the next three seasons.

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