Found August 01, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Michael Traikos of the National Post, It sure looks like Dave Nonis has painted himself into a corner. With less than US$5-million remaining under the salary cap, the Toronto Maple Leafs GM still has to re-sign Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson to new contracts. The problem is that based on the salaries that both players are asking for, there is not nearly enough money to go around for the two restricted free agents. So the options are: trade Franson, who tied for sixth among NHL defencemen with 29 points last season, or buy out John-Michael Liles, with a portion of his contract counting against the cap for the next six years. Either way, this was probably not the way that Nonis planned it out in his head when the free agency period began. The Leafs entered the July 5 summer spending frenzy with all the usual desires of years past. They were looking for a No. 1 centre, some size up front and depth on the blue line, as well as added insurance in net. It was a sub...

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Follow me on Twitter!: @ColinDJD As several NHL teams continue to prepare their rosters for the 2013-14 season, many are having difficulties locking up certain players as the flirt ever too close to the NHL’s salary cap. The Toronto Maple Leafs just so happen to be one such team as they are currently left with roughly $ 4.8M in cap space to sign both Cody Franson and Nazem...

Leafs trying to move John-Michael Liles

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...

Mike Augello: Trade or 2nd Buyout Window Could Solve Leafs Cap Crunch; Leaf Buzz at 9:30

The Toronto Maple Leafs salary cap situation is far from unmanageable, but with restricted free agents Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri still unsigned, the fit may be quite snug when both players are finally inked to new contracts. According to Cap Geek, with the signing of defenseman Mark Fraser on Tuesday, Toronto has 21 players under contract for a total of $59,704,167, leaving...

Mike Augello: Leafs Not Feeling Pressure Regarding Unsigned Free-Agents

Maple Leafs Assistant GM Dave Poulin did not express any heightened level of concern regarding the contractual status of restricted free agents Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson. “It’s August 1st.” Poulin said to Sportsnet Fan 590’s Brady and Lang show Thursday morning. “We’re five weeks away from the rookies getting going in London(Ontario) with rookie...

Mike Augello: 48 Hours

The Maple Leafs have an opportunity to clear more room under the salary cap, as the 48 hour arbitration buyout window began today and lasts until Sunday. According to veteran reporter Howard Berger, it appears that the Leafs will use the opportunity to buyout the last three seasons of defenseman John-Michael Liles contract. I'm certain Dave Nonis has tried, and will continue...
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