Leafs still $3M over the cap; here's who an ex-Leaf believes will be traded to make the team cap compliant
BY MIKE ARMENTI SEPTEMBER 13, 2023 (1:02 PM)
During the most recent edition of Leafs Morning Take, hosts Nick Alberga and Jay Rosehill discussed one of the options that the Leafs have to get back under the salary cap, which is to look at the idea of potentially moving Calle Jarnkrok and his $2.1M cap hit.
Alberga was opposed to the idea, but when he turned the question over the Rosehill, the former Leaf put the discussion into perspective, stating that sometimes, if you want to become cap compliant, you have to shed a contract that another team will actually want. Here's what Rosehill had to say on the subject:
The Leafs technically may not need to move anyone to become cap compliant, but it will leave them in a bit of a precarious position in that they'd need to run a 20-man roster and waive or demote a couple of players that could actually help the team. Rosehill doesn't like the idea of the Leafs running with a 20-man roster. He believes that the Leafs will be at their best if they're rolling a 23-man roster and they simply can't do that if they're so tight against the cap.
Alberga proposed the potential idea of handcuffing a prospect like Nick Robertson to a less-desirable contract and pulling off a significant trade to free up the necessary space. Rosehill pointed out that a situation like that could end up being problematic if Robertson is dealt to allow the Leafs to retain Jarnkrok and flourishes elsewhere while Jarnrkok has a mediocre season in Toronto. Certainly a fair concern.
Honestly, having seen how Pridham works in the past, I'm willing to bet that the Leafs already have a plan in place to become cap compliant and we'll know what that plan is in less than a month's time.
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