the leafs sent down dermott???? why????
It’s just a paper transaction to open a spot on the active roster for Nylander. Dermott’s one of the only waiver-exempt players they’re carrying on the active roster. This gives them a little time to try and trade somebody like Gauthier or Marincin to open up a permanent spot, before they have to put them on waivers and potentially lose them for nothing.
How are the Leafs going to sign all their guys without trading one of the stars? Capfriendly says they're going to have 23 million in space next season with atleast 11 players to sign
That cap space number is not entirely accurate. It doesn’t account for the cap rising, which it almost certainly will. It also counts Nathan Horton’s contract, which can be put on LTIR if they need the space. So it’s really closer to $30 million, assuming the cap rises to around $81 million or so. Now, that’s still probably not enough. Matthews and Marner are, best-case scenario, probably going to eat up about $20 million of that. But they have some smaller contracts they could conceivably move to clear space if they need to. Again, if Kapanen continues to score at his current pace, it’s going to force a bigger move if they want to keep him. I mean, realistically, a significant player is probably going to have to be moved, unless guys take massively team-friendly deals. But if it’s a move solely to clear up space, and not to get back a tangible asset, it doesn’t necessarily have to be one of the big guys.