What Does Next Seasons Leafs Team Look Like?

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I was working on an article with a focus on reshaping the D core. As I dove deeper into the article I got to looking at the cap commitments they have for next season. With what the Maple Leafs have committed to players already they have quite a chore ahead to make this team better.

For the 2020-2021 season, Cap Friendly currently shows the Leafs having 8 forwards signed (includes Engvall) for a cap commitment of $50.889 million, 6 D signed (3 of which are Sandin, Rosen, and Marincin) with a cap commitment of $14.969 million, our 2 Goalies at $6.65 million, plus the Kessel retention of $1.2 million for a total of $73.708 million. The cap is projected to be flat at $81.5 million leaving $7.792 million to fill out about 5 forwards and 1 D spot.


Currently Commited for the 2020-2021 Season

Forwards (8 at $50,889,366)

Zach Hyman $2,250,000 – Auston Matthews $11,634,000 – Mitch Marner $10,893,000

Andreas Johnsson $3,400,000 – John Tavares $11,000,000 – Willy Nylander $6,962,366

– Alexander Kerfoot $3,500,000 –

– Pierre Engvall $1,250,000 –

*Add in Alexander Barabanov $925,000 (9 forwards at $51,814,366, 4 slots to be filled)


RFA’s – Ilya Mikheyev ($925,000), Evan Rodrigues ($2,000,000)

Pending Returning FA’s – Kyle Clifford ($800,000), Jason Spezza ($700,000)


Defense (6 at $14,969,167)

Morgan Rielly $5,000,000 –

Jake Muzzin $5,625,000 – Justin Holl $2,000,000

Rasmus Sandin $894,167 –

Martin Marincin $700,000

Calle Rosen $750,00

*Add in Mikko Lehtonen $925,000 (7 D at $15,894,167)


RFA’s – Travis Dermott ($863,333)

Pending Returning FA’s – NO!!!!


Goalies (2 at $6,650,000)

Frederik Anderson $5,000,000

Jack Campbell $1,650,000


Retained Salary (1 at $1,200,000)

Phil Kessel $1,200,000


Upper Salary Cap Limit $81,500,000

Total Cap Commitment $75,558,533 with 9 forwards, 7 defenseman and 2 goalies signed.

Free Cap $5,941,467

The Leafs are left with $5,941,467 to re-sign their key RFA’s and entertain bringing back FA’s Kyle Clifford and Jason Spezza if they are in the plans. They should be. Those numbers should be easily do-able but it certainly isn’t an improvement. Regardless of our thoughts on Barrie and Ceci that projected Defense is worse. Kyle and company are going to have their work cut out for them to move this roster in any meaningful way. Looking forward to seeing how the “off-season” unfolds and what this team looks like for the start of the next season.