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09-09-2009, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by yohan1212 View Post
How is Toronto going to offer Kessel $5 mill + per year which it will take to sign him and not have their own cap nightmares?? wont they then be over it too?? Chirelli has ZERO urgency since kessel is out till December anyway.. He is calling burkes bluff.. burke needs outgoing salary to fit kessel into the cap not an outgoing 1,2,3..
Toronto would be drastically improving a position on the team, and therefore can afford to dump a 3-4 million dollar player to fit him in. Any of Finger, MVR, or Stempniak can be dumped by any means necessary. The other option is to send Bozak to the Marlies to start the season. He currently represents $3.75 million of the Leafs salary cap.

According to capgeek, the Leafs have $2.1 million. Kessel will miss at least 6 weeks, allowing them to wait to dump his salary. If Bozak is in the minors, they have $5.8 million. Additionally, they have 8 defenceman listed in that number, so depending on who is moved out, they have that too. As an example, if Bozak is sent to the minors and MVR is off the roster (you choose how) and Kessel gets $5.5 million, the Leafs still have $3.3 million to play with.

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