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06-12-2013, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Analyzer View Post
Not to derail the thread, but Pittsburgh has the most impressive group of d prospects even after dealing Morrow, so I think they might let Letang go.

Leafs have 20 mill for 8 players. Sign Malkin for 10, that's 7 players for 10 mill.

Kadri just had a great year and that will cost the leafs. 3.5. Leaves them 6.5 for 6 players. Average 1 mill a player to leave some room for callups. Oh wait, Franson is RFA. He just had great year, too. 3 mill (if not more) for him. 3.5 for 5 players. Yeah... I don't think the Leafs will target Malkin for that price.
Buy out Grabovski? Buy out Liles?

That's about 10M right there. Then trade some assets like Franson, Gunnarsson (if they demand a lot) and it frees up about 15-17M. Leafs have defensive prospects who are just on the verge of cracking the roster in Percy, Blacker, we might even get Paul Ranger to sign.

If Malkin reaches UFA, the Leafs will be targeting Malkin in the region of 10-12M like most teams with cap space will.

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