Leafs cap picture actually looks pretty decent (from what I can tell) after the first year the big 3’s contracts take effect (when we lose Marleau, Horton, Martin and possibly have lost Gardiner). In the system with very realistic shots of being in the 2020-21 line up who are not currently full timers you have: Kapanen, Leivo, Korshkov, Grundstrom, Gauthier/Brooks, Dermott, Liljegren, Borgman, Rosen. None of those players are seen as long shots to be NHLers in my opinion. If Borgman or Rosen don’t cut it, we will have other options for the 3rd pair that are cheap. A Possible 2020-21 Line Up (based on what we have in the system, and assuming we don’t resign JVR, Bozak, Komarov or Gardiner, and absent of hypothetical signings/trades) I only inserted those who I feel will most likely actually make the roster. Korshkov (0.925) – Matthews (11) – Marner (8.5) Grundstrom (0.925) – Nylander (8.5) – Brown (4) Hyman (2.25) – Kadri (4.5) – Kapanen (?) Leivo (1.5) – Gauthier (1) – Brooks (0.925) Reilly (5) – Zaitsev (4.5) Dermott (0.865) – Liljegren (0.925) Borgman (?) – Rosen (?) (maybe Rasanen or Nielsen are bottom pair options if they are ready) Andersen (5) Woll (0.865) Total $61.18 million + 1.2 (Kessel) The cap hit for this line up + Kessel is $62.38 million and does not include the salaries for Kapanen, Borgman or Rosen, because I have no clue what a likely salary for them is coming off their ELCs, because of there is not enough to go on. I went on the high side ($28 million) for the big 3, and ballparked Brown at 4, and Leivo and Gauthier at 1.5 and 1 million. As you can see we still have a lot of cap room to play with to make a splash via trade, or free agency for a top flight forward or defenseman to add to the line up. There would also be ample room to resign Gardiner.