The Leafs Roster/Salary situation next season

I don’t know exactly where people get the idea that the Leafs have 20-25 million to throw around on free agents. I have taken a look at their situation, made a few reasonable guesses, and assessed their salary and what they likely have to spend. IN some cases, I am not positive about salaries or whether the player is under contract (Kronwall, Tellqvist?). My estimates on re-signings may be a bit high or low, but OVERALL, this should give a pretty accurate picture:

I have made the following assumptions/predictions about salaries and who will go/stay:

Belfour will be bought out (around 2 million)

Belak will not play, but is under contract for .665

Domi will retire or not play, but is under contract for 1.25

Kilger will be brought back, but will cost more like .750 than .45, and would be worth it, given his play this year. He is big, fast, plays hard and chips in some points. He is a good “supporting-cast / roleplayer” guy.

Lindros will be signed again, same type of contract, for 1.5 because that will be about his market value, still.

O’neill, Khavanov, Tucker, Ponikarovsky, Domi are under contract and will not be traded in the off-season and will therefore be on the team. (Assuming Domi doesn’t retire)

Wilm, Berg, Belak, Allison, Richardson, Antropov will not be re-signed (hopefully)

They will re-sign Stajan, Wellwood, Colaiacovo for about .85 each (Stajan and Colaiacovo make over .8 now)

They will re-sign Tellqvist for .5 (not sure if he is still under contract)

So our roster/budget will look something like this:

3.915 for players who won’t be playing (Belak, Belfour, Domi)

— New Goalie

.5 Tellqvist (under contract?)

4.25 Kaberle

1.25 Khavanov

.85 Colaiacovo

.45 one of Kronvall/Harrison/Wozniewski

.45 one of Kronvall/Harrison/Wozniewski

— #1 D-man

— #3/4 D-man

6.84 Sundin

1.596 Tucker

1.5 O’Neill

.7 Ponikarovsky

.75 Kilger

.72018 Steen

1.5 Lindros

.80 Stajan

.80 Wellwood

— Forward

— Forward

— Forward

So they have about 26.9 million tied up, give or take a couple million depending on signing amounts for Tellqvist(?), Stajan, Colaiacovo, Wellwood.

With that money, they need a New goalie, either a starter or a back up for Tellqvist, a number 1 D-man, 3 forwards

Assuming the cap goes to 42 million, and leaving room for injuries, and acquisitions, I would say they have around 11-13 million to spend on 6 players

I am guessing they re-sign McCabe (Ugh) at about 4.8… now they have about 6-8 million for 5 players.

THAT is why I am not hopeful that they can re-load through free agency this off-season. THAT is why this delusion that the Leafs have 20 million to go sign big-name free agents is ridiculous.

The Leafs will not be a playoff team next year either. The following year, they may have a LOT of money to spend, when they won’t be paying 3 million+ for people to sit, and won’t be paying almost 7 million for Sundin, 1.5 for an under-producing O’Neill.

14 Responses to The Leafs Roster/Salary situation next season

  1. curtman96 says:

    Khavanov was signed for more than 1 year???

  2. Aetherial says:


    So were Belak, Domi 🙁 and Ponikarovsky 🙂

    I don’t know about Tellqvist and I think Colaiacovo (if he ever plays again), Stajan, and Wellwood may all be due.

  3. curtman96 says:

    wow, pathetic

  4. Aetherial says:

    the worst part is…

    a LOT of Leaf fans think that they have 20 million to improve their roster next year.

    The reality is closer to 13 millioon to sign about 6 guys… one of which has to be a #1 D-Man for about 5 million.

    It is pathetic.

  5. thatleafsguy says:

    khavanov, ponikarovsky, tellqvist, lindros, kilger are not under contract for next year.

    heres roughly what the leafs are going to look like minus any additions out side the organization:

    Leafs roster for 07

    Sundin 7.3 mil

    Tucker 1.6 mil

    O’Neill 1.5 mil

    Domi 1.25 mil

    Belak 665 grand

    Wellwood RFA

    Stajan RFA

    Steen 5-600 grand

    Ponikarovsky – will be retained


    Kaberle 4.25 mil

    McCabe -will be retained




    Kilger – will be retained





    Lindros – possible, since he had such a disappointing year.

    After these players none of the rest of the squad will be retained, hopefully the leafs can get domi to retire and find a new home for belak and o’neill. Waive bye bye to Berg, Khavanov, Richardson, Belfour, Allison, Antropov, Wilm. Not to mention any deals that JFJ may have up his sleeve once the season comes to a close, which wil undoubtedly include young players coming to the Leafs that are already nhl ready ie. malone or aranason type players.

  6. curtman96 says:

    where are u getting these figures from or is this just what u think it is??

  7. curtman96 says:

    I just cheked and khavonov is actually only under contract for 1 year at $1.25 million.

  8. thatleafsguy says:

    nhlpa website….

  9. thatleafsguy says:

    Payroll for Toronto Maple Leafs Team for the 2005-2006 NHL season.

    Toronto Maple Leafs $1,500,000.00

    Antropov Nikolai Centre Toronto Maple Leafs $1,007,000.00

    Belak Wade Defence Toronto Maple Leafs $665,000.00

    Belfour Ed Goal Toronto Maple Leafs $4,560,000.00

    Berg Aki-Petteri Defence Toronto Maple Leafs $1,064,000.00

    Colaiacovo Carlo Defence Toronto Maple Leafs $858,800.00

    Domi Tie Right Wing Toronto Maple Leafs $1,250,000.00

    Kaberle Tomas Defence Toronto Maple Leafs $2,280,000.00

    Khavanov Alexander Defence Toronto Maple Leafs $1,250,000.00

    Kilger Chad Centre Toronto Maple Leafs $475,000.00

    Lindros Eric Centre Toronto Maple Leafs $1,550,000.00

    McCabe Bryan Defence Toronto Maple Leafs $3,458,000.00

    O’Neill Jeff Centre Toronto Maple Leafs $1,500,000.00

    Ponikarovsky Alexei Right Wing Toronto Maple Leafs $700,000.00

    Richardson Luke Defence Toronto Maple Leafs $2,090,000.00

    Stajan Matthew Centre Toronto Maple Leafs $805,600.00

    Steen Alexander Centre Toronto Maple Leafs $720,180.00

    Sundin Mats Centre Toronto Maple Leafs $6,840,000.00

    Tellqvist Mikael Goal Toronto Maple Leafs $450,000.00

    Tucker Darcy Centre Toronto Maple Leafs $1,596,000.00

    Wellwood Kyle Centre Toronto Maple Leafs $627,000.00

    Wilm Clarke Centre Toronto Maple Leafs $450,000.00

    Wozniewski Andrew Defence Toronto Maple Leafs $450,000.00

  10. curtman96 says:

    nice, thats what i been looking for

  11. leaffanunfortunately says:

    Leaf fans seem to be throwing in the towel after the trade deadline either because we didnt pick up anyone or we didnt unload enough. Say what you want I dont think JFJ is to blame for any of this. I dont think they had many assets that you could have gotten anything worth while. I dont think anyone wanted belfour and thats why hes still in a leaf jersey (I hope to god he isnt next year). Would I have liked to see them trade away Allison for some prospects or draft picks… ya that would have been nice. It would have also been nice to have gotten something for McCabe because they will most likely pay to much for him next year. But besides those two trades there wasnt much he could have done or even needed to do. Here is what they MIGHT look something like next year. (they do need a few things first)


    New Coach:

    NHL-Maurice AHL-New Coach OR NHL-New Coach AHL-Maurice

    Top Line Winger:

    (would be nice to sign one maybe someone like Elias)


    Racine(if Telly will be starter) OR A Starter OR Someone to play split the season with Telly



    (unless signed a top guy give these three to try and help each other play well)




    (yes the team is very young but you guys keep saying you want young guys and pohl and ondrus played great when they were up and young players are also cheap which gives us cap room if we want someone later)


    *If signed a top winger one more down here

    Antropov- you may not like him but if you stop trying to make him a scorer he isnt a bad player in a Wilm position


    Domi-unless bought out





    (people may complain about McCabe on a second line but i think they need to seperate him and Kaberle and give him a solid defence parter such as Harrison and i think a Kaberle/Colaiacovo line would be better than a McCabe/Harrison line)


    Berg- i say keep him as a backup for injuries

    Pilar???-rumour was hes coming back dont know the details




    So say you have a bad season think about how theyll do with anouther year under the belts of these young guys

  12. Aetherial says:

    Hmmm, my mistake. I checked all of those things before I made my post… good catch.

  13. Aetherial says:

    It doesn’t tell you who is under contract though… THAT is the tough part 🙂

  14. tinkeysersoze says:

    Sorry but you guys are all delusional if you think Antropov and Berg are going anywhere as long as Quinn is the coach of this team. He acquired these guys when he was the GM and has done everything in his power to give them chances they simply don’t deserve. I’ve been wanting to see these two off the team for 3 years now, and I’ve come to accept reality. As long as Quinn is behind the bench, Antropov and Berg (the two worst bad penalty-takers in the NHL) will be on the roster……

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