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Gustavsson's Leafs career may be over

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08:30 AM ET 03.26 | So long, Monster? Now that the Maple Leafs have no back-to-back games remaining in the six left on their regular-season schedule, it's not a stretch to wonder aloud whether Jonas Gustavsson has played his final game in a Toronto uniform. The goaltender is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. James Reimer, who started six consecutive games until Gustavsson made 30 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss against the New York Rangers on Saturday night, has a salary cap hit for $1.8 million US in each of the next two seasons. As long as Reimer stays healthy and doesn't start allowing goals by the bushel, there is not a lot of point in starting Gustavsson.

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March 26, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Well, here we go.

March 26, 2012  08:38 AM ET
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Let's start this day right!

Even Tim Horton's agrees....

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March 26, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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Good riddance. But who the hell do they get instead?

Marty Turco?

Seriously though, they've screwed themselves salary cap wise. Unless a goalie is the centerpiece of a Kessel trade, there really is nothing available.

I will await the Toronto Sun proclaiming that Ben Scrivens is the next James Reimer, who was the next Jonas Gustavsson, who was the next Vesa Toskala, who was the next Justin Pogge, who was the next......

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March 26, 2012  09:00 AM ET

"...there's not a lot of point..."

I think that sums it up

March 26, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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Marty Turco?Seriously though, they've screwed themselves salary cap wise.

For all of the Leafs' problems, the cap is not one of them. They are not at all close to the ceiling.

March 26, 2012  09:02 AM ET

"Where have you gone Mike Palmateer, a nation turns it lonely eyes to you"

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March 26, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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Cap's 64.3 as of now, and they have 59.5 committed for next season. Assuming it grows to, say, 66, and ignoring the CBA nego's, they have 8 million and an entire team to rebuild while moving awful spare parts. It's an issue.

I am no capologist, but I understood the cap was measured based on the players on the roster. Some of those guys in the 59.5 figure cannot be with the team if they are replaced, and you can always "Finger" some of them down to the AHL.

The only way I see a serious cap problem is if the Leafs just release/buy out a bunch of the current players. Then there could be a cap hit.

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March 26, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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"Where have you gone Mike Palmateer, a nation turns it lonely eyes to you"

I was just thinking that (or something like it)

March 26, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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I am no capologist, but I understood the cap was measured based on the players on the roster. Some of those guys in the 59.5 figure cannot be with the team if they are replaced, and you can always "Finger" some of them down to the AHL.The only way I see a serious cap problem is if the Leafs just release/buy out a bunch of the current players. Then there could be a cap hit.

They are a mess cap wise. They have 4.8 available for the cap next year and have a total of 19 guys signed, and none of them are capable goalies.

5.5 million for Grabovski was a total disaster. That is a bad contract for a mediocre player. It will make the Tim Connolly signing look smart in about 2 years.

They need to be really bad for a couple of years and Edmonton their way back to respectability.

March 26, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Still waiting for the NHL to expand to Toronto so we can get a professional team!

March 26, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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Also, the Leafs' first real chance of being mathematically eliminated is tomorrow. Let's see the board Canuck!

They had the nerve to win a couple of games and screw up my prediction.

Another reason for me to hate the Leafs.

March 26, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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I am no capologist, but I understood the cap was measured based on the players on the roster. Some of those guys in the 59.5 figure cannot be with the team if they are replaced, and you can always "Finger" some of them down to the AHL.The only way I see a serious cap problem is if the Leafs just release/buy out a bunch of the current players. Then there could be a cap hit.

I can see them having an amnesty piece in the deal, but I do see the Wade Redden clause being removed. It's too much of an advantage for the wealthy teams to hide contracts in the AHL or Europe.

 
March 26, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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5.5 million for Grabovski was a total disaster. That is a bad contract for a mediocre player. It will make the Tim Connolly signing look smart in about 2 years.

Agreed.

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