you can now Trade 50% of the cap hit. So the Leafs could eat that and then he costs around 2.4 prorated for the rest of the yr
Yes, I know.
When I read your post, I thought the Leafs were talking about eating half of a 2.375M salary, not half of a 4.75M salary. So, when I said 'didn't realize anyone could pay Connolly that much', I was commenting on Brian Burke's stewardship of the Leafs, not a lack of understanding on my part of this aspect of the new CBA.
I don't think the leafs take this deal retaining half the salary, nor would the rangers want Connolly. He has talent but floats a lot, torts would eat him alive (though maybe he could help the pp which stunk last night). This team basically needs time, and another pyatt or a prust type, and all will be well.