Something's gotta give in Toronto and it could give really soon.

As it stands now the Maple Leafs have just under $5 million salary cap space and two players to re-sign -- Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson -- who won't be cheap. That salary space won't be enough and while the Leafs can exceed the cap by 10 percent in the offseason something has to be done so they are cap compliant by the time the season begins.

That's where the suggestion came up last week of the Leafs possibly looking to trade Franson the young defenseman who had 29 points last season. Considering Franson has become a key piece of their defense and obviously is a point contributor on the back end that option is less than ideal.

Another option is doing something anything with John-Michael Liles something Bruce Garrioch says the Leafs have already begun exploring.