An update on the salary cap situation for the Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs have had a busy summer, so it’s time to take stock of their salary cap.
For the 2021-2022 season, the NHL salary cap is $ 81.5 million. It’s a number that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas would like to exceed, but due to league restrictions, he needs to make sure the Maple Leafs stay below the number.
It won’t be easy, but with Branden Pridham, the team has walked a tightrope over and over again and enjoyed great success (at least during the regular season, and it’s hard to blame Corey Perry for giving a kick to John Tavares on the salary cap.).
According to CapFriendly, the Maple Leafs are already in a tough spot. Currently, the team has a projected cap of $ 82,894,783.
Toronto Maple Leafs and the NHL salary cap
While the Leafs have technically passed the cap today of $ 1,394,783, you have to take that with a gram of salt because not everyone thinks they’re on the team right now.
One of the reasons the Leafs have reached this point is that they have 49.7 percent of the four-player salary cap. Auston Matthews ‘$ 11,640,250 AAV takes 14.3%, John Tavares’ $ 11 million AAV takes 13.5%, Mitchell Marner’s $ 10.903 million AAV takes 13.4 % and William Nylander’s AAV of $ 6,962,366 takes 8.5% of the cap. In total, these four salaries total $ 40,505,616. He leaves only $ 40,994,384 for Dubas to fill the rest of the list.
This unusual move might sound crazy to the average fan, but a mathematical study in The Athletic recently ranked them as having the 3rd best contract performance in the NHL. Why? Because it turns out that the star players – even the most expensive – make the most of their investments.
Given the situation, however, it’s no surprise that the Leafs have already crossed the line. Do not be afraid. This is actually not as scary a position as it seems. The figure that Toronto exceeds the salary cap by $ 1,394,783 is actually Long Term Injury Reserve (LTIR) space. It is not a coincidence. With this available LTIR space, the Maple Leafs do not go above, but actually reach the ceiling of the ceiling. It leaves them with no remaining plug space.
Not having the ability to add even a dollar more, the team cannot add to the list without also having subtractions. It’s not as bad as it looks, as some players will go to the AHL, some players will be injured, some rookies will be part of the squad, and Kerfoot and Mikheyev can still be moved to earn $ 5million. dollars in ceiling space. If the Toronto Maple Leafs want to add a player like the current UFA, Derick Brassard, they probably could. Being able to move two players on decent contracts gives them flexibility.
Dubas may not be done tinkering with the roster, which means trades are on the table by the NHL trade deadline. Let the rumors swirl.