The NHL’s salary cap is in a constant state of flux. Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman reported a little over a week ago that the cap could rise to $80-million in four years. In this hfboards thread Globe and Mail hockey reporter James Mirtle projects the cap to be around $70-million in 2014-15 (Mirtle’s comment is comment #12); a $5.7-million increase from where the cap is for this season. These are just projections of course but a rising salary cap is good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs who have only 10 players signed for the 2014-15 season. If the cap does in fact rise to $70-million the Leafs will have around $38.7-million to spend on 13 players according to CapGeek. This is important because there are a few key players who are either still unsigned or will have their contracts end after this season. Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf are two players who are in the latter category. Kessel has established himself as one of the best goal-scorers in the NHL and will be paid a massive deal by some team whether it’s the Leafs or not. Given the free agent market’s demand for high-end offensive players Kessel could probably get somewhere in the neighborhood of Corey Perry’s eight-year $8.625-million contract he signed in March. Kessel doesn’t have a 50-goal 98-point season to his name like Perry does but let’s take a look at the two players’ games played goals and goals-per-game totals from their age 20-25 seasons. Can you guess who is who?
Can The Leafs Afford To Re-Sign Phil Kessel And Dion Phaneuf?
Editor In Leaf | Aug 31